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Old 06-13-2007, 07:36 PM
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Has anyone ever installed an outdoor misting system on your home?

I have a perfect area to install one but am a bit concerned with having my guests soaked with water after sitting around it for a while. I'd probably get the self-install kit for around $100 unless someone has negative comments about it or can recommend a better one.



I'm also aware of the single fan cooling system. Any suggestions?
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Old 06-13-2007, 08:22 PM
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Hmmm, first the Sushi party then the misting system.

Two things.

a) must have been a hell of a deal, and...

b) I haven't received the invite yet?
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Sushi, misting system, BYOB? I've heard all I need to hear. Do I need to bring ID to show the security guard working the red velvet rope entering yer home?


Hope you have a blast my friend! You've got me talked into having Sushi Friday for lunch
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Old 06-14-2007, 12:57 AM
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Greetings,
The misting systems work best with a dry heat. If you have a 'rail' of misters on a patio, and there is a constant breeze, the mist will be carried in that direction. Plan ahead if you have a prevailing wind direction. The 'professional' systems you see at theme parks etc use metel rails due to the extreme high presures the the pressure pumps create. This causes the mist to evaperate and cool the air. If your just using standard water pressure, the mist will still cool the air, but those that are closest to the mist get the most benefit. Your best bet may be the fan setup because it directs the air to the intended party. That, and you can move the fan around, take it with you etc.
I used a rail around my popup canopy, plus a ring of misters around a large fan that I attached with zip ties. Installed a pump, and 12v battery and converter in my van to run fan and pump so I could take it to the races with me. Made a huge difference in comfort. If you have a lot of minerals in your water you will need a filter, because the emiters clog up fairly quickly.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:31 AM
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bitwrench - 6/14/2007 12:57 AM

Greetings,
The misting systems work best with a dry heat. If you have a 'rail' of misters on a patio, and there is a constant breeze, the mist will be carried in that direction. Plan ahead if you have a prevailing wind direction. The 'professional' systems you see at theme parks etc use metel rails due to the extreme high presures the the pressure pumps create. This causes the mist to evaperate and cool the air. If your just using standard water pressure, the mist will still cool the air, but those that are closest to the mist get the most benefit. Your best bet may be the fan setup because it directs the air to the intended party. That, and you can move the fan around, take it with you etc.
I used a rail around my popup canopy, plus a ring of misters around a large fan that I attached with zip ties. Installed a pump, and 12v battery and converter in my van to run fan and pump so I could take it to the races with me. Made a huge difference in comfort. If you have a lot of minerals in your water you will need a filter, because the emiters clog up fairly quickly.
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bit has it right. the key to the effectiveness of the system is basically the size of the water droplet relative to the ambient moisture in the air. First the ambient air needs to be low humidity ( not common in FL), and second the mist needs to be composed of small droplets that evaporate - hence the cooling effect. Small droplets in the mist can only be achieved through very high pressure systems that will have stainless tubing, a filtration system because the orifices are small, and a high pressure pump. Can;t be done with $100, and won't be effective unless the humidty is low. Otherwise, you'll just end up being wet (no pun intended). Your best alternative is to find a concoction that contains vodka to cool you off
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Old 06-14-2007, 06:07 AM
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I have it at my place here in NJ. Mounted it along the bulkhead edge and on the edge of the patio (like in the photo in the post above). I forget where I bought it, mine is all plastic, put the line (hose clamps) where you wanted to run the line, mark the line and pop it together. Only use it when we have the SW hot breezes in July & August, works well. Just attach to garden hose....

Just went down and looked at the packaging on some spare parts. Brand I have is Coolmist. www.coolmist.com weak website, don't show all the tubing, connectors, elbows etc... I just looked on ebay, there's some on there you can try without having to sell off a website.
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Old 06-14-2007, 07:13 AM
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Mr. Mister is another brand of this low pressure/garden hose type - catchy name. Sometimes, depending on the way the wind blows, you do get a little misty.
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I have only ever seen them in Arizona and the desert states. The mist evaporates in the air absorbing heat from the air thus cooling the surrounding air. I would think that if the air isn't real dry you don't get the evaporative cooling effect until the mist actually wets you and then your skin evaporates the water and cools? I don't know if that would be comfortable. And yes hi pressure gives you that real fine mist. Hopefully your city water system would have enough pressure. Check the pressure requirements before installing.
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Old 06-14-2007, 09:28 AM
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Thanks guys.

Where we are the humidity is 100% during the summer. With what you all are saying I think maybe the portable fan, with the misting option, is probably the best bet.
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Old 06-14-2007, 10:47 AM
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Wet-n-Wiley - 6/14/2007 9:28 AM

Thanks guys.

Where we are the humidity is 100% during the summer. With what you all are saying I think maybe the portable fan, with the misting option, is probably the best bet.
Just put a pool in. I hear they cool you off too.
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Wiley,...When I first read the title of this post I thought it said “Outdoor Mating System” My heart got to going pitter patter at the thought of passing on my world of knowledge on the subject of outdoor mating.

But alas, re-reading left me with....Nothing to say.



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Wet-n-Wiley - 6/14/2007 9:28 AM

Thanks guys.

Where we are the humidity is 100% during the summer. With what you all are saying I think maybe the portable fan, with the misting option, is probably the best bet.
We made one a few years ago with a 4 1/2 foot chicken house fan and three misters in some pvc pipe. It cooled about 80 feet out with regular water pressure. We bounced around the idea of a permanent one but I think we are going to go with the fan. Let me know what you find. Most I have seen are $$$.
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Old 06-14-2007, 08:05 PM
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It's amazing the price differential in the fans. They are either $120.00 or $2399.00!

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Old 06-14-2007, 09:22 PM
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From my experience with them (4 summers I think) they are great without a fan if you are able to place them overhead. Also, when we have a breeze out of the West (common here on hot summer days) the misters I placed along the bulkhead will take care of about the first 20' of the deck.

I would buy one of the ones on ebay for $25 and try it... If it don't cut it alone, wire-tie the thing to the front of a fan...

BTW, in case you haven't experienced one, you can't read while 'in the mist'
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