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  1. #1
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    Building a walk-in

    Hello,

    I have a friend/customer that is looking to add an additional walk-in refrigerator. I do residential heating and air and am very handy with building and such.

    My question is how much is there to duplicating a walk-in? Having never done it, the refrigeration side of it doesn't appear to be all that different. Building the box doesn't appear to difficult. I've framed walls and drywalled and such.

    Would I easily get over my head or should I even attempt it?

    Any opinions welcome. Thanks

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    If they are New They're easy. Most Mfgs put a Detailed Sheet of drawings and panels are numbered. Just to do It correctly follow the directions completely.
    depending on size it can easily be locked together by 1 person..

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    It's all in the base. If its not level your gonna have a long day. Lay your panels out, in order, and make sure they are all there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy knocker View Post
    It's all in the base. If its not level your gonna have a long day. Lay your panels out, in order, and make sure they are all there.
    X2 If you don't level that floor left to right and front to back, the walls will go up all sawtoothed. Don't be in a rush to erect the walls and forsake the floor. Other than that, it's cake.
    Every customer you take for granted today will be someone else's tomorrow.

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    I think the OP was asking about building a walk-in box from scratch, not erecting a pre-fab box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjohnson2981 View Post


    The refrigeration side of it doesn't appear to be all that different.

    Building the box doesn't appear to difficult.


    How do you respond to your customers when they say "Fixing my A/C isn't that difficult"!

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    I think you are right. He will have to deal with sealing it and insulating door and lots of other stuff. Not as easy s it sounds. waterproof sheet rock and maybe marlite over that, vapor barrier. Lot of stuff to think about. Lots of times it is cheaper to just buy a box all mad.
    Quote Originally Posted by icemeister View Post
    I think the OP was asking about building a walk-in box from scratch, not erecting a pre-fab box.

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    Another lifetime... When I worked in So. Fla.
    I worked for a chain food store called Cumberland Farms.
    We had an old carpenter who used to be a coffin maker, that made our coolers.
    He made the floor, walls and ceiling panels out of 2x4 and plywood.
    He even made a tapered door with gaskets.

    We slapped them together, slid in the doors and hooked up the reefers.
    Then the fun was painting the inside with marine white paint.
    I think they lasted as long as that food chain....
    Life is too short, Behappy!
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    We have Cumberland Farms stores in Maine. I think are a Ma. outfit.

    Quote Originally Posted by behappy View Post
    Another lifetime... When I worked in So. Fla.
    I worked for a chain food store called Cumberland Farms.
    We had an old carpenter who used to be a coffin maker, that made our coolers.
    He made the floor, walls and ceiling panels out of 2x4 and plywood.
    He even made a tapered door with gaskets.

    We slapped them together, slid in the doors and hooked up the reefers.
    Then the fun was painting the inside with marine white paint.
    I think they lasted as long as that food chain....

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    Quote Originally Posted by behappy View Post
    Another lifetime... When I worked in So. Fla.
    I worked for a chain food store called Cumberland Farms.
    We had an old carpenter who used to be a coffin maker, that made our coolers.
    He made the floor, walls and ceiling panels out of 2x4 and plywood.
    He even made a tapered door with gaskets.

    We slapped them together, slid in the doors and hooked up the reefers.
    Then the fun was painting the inside with marine white paint.
    I think they lasted as long as that food chain....
    I've had a number of C-Stores which were once Cumbie's. Those boxes were still in pretty good shade considering they were 30+ years old. They used some big Bohn half-round evaporators and C-Line Copeland semis on the roof as I recall.

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    yea, make sure the base are flat, and all the panels are aligned, if one panel came up just a CM higher or shorter than the other one, u will have a hard time securing all the panels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icemeister View Post
    I've had a number of C-Stores which were once Cumbie's. Those boxes were still in pretty good shade considering they were 30+ years old. They used some big Bohn half-round evaporators and C-Line Copeland semis on the roof as I recall.
    That's good to know!

    Old Ben (the guy who built the boxes) coould not read, If they had notes on a plan we would have to read them for him. But he was one heck of a carpenter. He had three girlfriends they he lived with. He rotated staying with them for a couple of days at a time (He actually only had his Caddy to live in). He always came in late Monday morning. One Monday when we pulled into the shop all three of them was waiting for his butt. ONe of them was pretty big and I am sure she would put a wooping on him for sure. That day he was a no show (I think he saw them from around the cornor).

    Out shop was right behind the milk plant. The company shipped everything down from the east coast. The coolers were insluated with plain old wall batt insluation. One day we got a call to unload an 18 wheeler reefer truck ??
    It was half full of ice cream and the other half was insluation. Did you know that that stuff was crunchie when frozen...
    Life is too short, Behappy!
    TFMM

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    Thanks for all of the information. I have never looked into it, so I didn't know that you could buy them prefab. That seems a lot more simple.

    Are there any prefab brands to avoid? Any that are highly recommended? I am in the Louisville, KY area

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