Finding solutions for installing AC components in tough to fit areas

It’s frustrating fitting furniture and appliances into cramped spaces. Having a room that’s weirdly shaped with strange placement of support beams makes this process even harder. I lived in an apartment once that could not fit a full size refrigerator in the kitchen, regardless of what was moved or where we tried to place it. We were forced to live with a miniature fridge and freezer set, scaled at around 2/3rds the size of a standard set. The same apartment proved troublesome in the living room as well. The largest piece of sitting furniture we could fit was a love seat, with barely enough space left over for a recliner chair. But, recently I ran into issues trying to install a window air conditioner in the spare bedroom connected to the back of my house. It’s an addition that was built several decades after the ventilation system was put in, and a connection was never made in the time since, leaving the space without climate control. I wanted to utilize it as an office so I bought a window air conditioner, thinking that would be the easiest and quickest route. But, now I’m not so sure that turned out to be the case. First off, the machine is heavier than I expected and the shape makes it hard to carry and position without additional help. Plus, once you get the machine positioned in your window of choice, there are brackets that must be installed and insulation put between the outer surfaces of the machine and the inside of the window frame. Even when I had the entire installation finished, I panicked when I couldn’t reach an electrical outlet with the attached cable. Thankfully, I found a special heavy gauge extension cord at the hardware store that is thicker and stronger than the cord attached to the air conditioner itself. With this in hand, I had the choice of several different outlets, although I made sure to choose one that I can leave completely empty besides the special AC extension cord.

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