November 6, 2006

Portable Mods

I’ve been tinkering the past few weeks. I’m in the process of modifying my portable ice house. There have been a lot of good ideas being shared by the members of Fishing Minnesota. I am fortunate to have that resource to bounce ideas back and forth. After much thought, I decided that I want a partial insert to install in my flip-over. While, many FMers opted for a full-length insert in their sleds, I wanted something that would still be able to utilize the open configuration of the sled, and have the option of easy removal. I fabricated an insert that will fit about one third of the length of my sled. It is constructed from ¾” plywood and I carpeted the entire surface with some excess indoor/outdoor from my front porch. I opted to install two 12V power points and two LED switches. I mounted the switches and power points on a roughly 4” x 6” aluminum flat mounted on top of a cut out in the insert. This allowed for easier installation of the threaded collared switches. I installed a couple of brass plates to serve as a common ground and power junction to a fuse block for the connected accessories. The fuse block runs to the switches. I’ve installed two strings of 6’ long LED rope lights along the tubing hoops on the ceiling of the shelter. I am also going to install two 12V computer fans on the ceiling as well, to help circulate heat. I will finish the ceiling with some reflectix insulation.