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'Appreciate the Creativity': DIY Cooler Hack Divides the Internet

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/29/2022 Leonie Helm
Close up of handyman holding a drill machine with tool belt around waist. The viral TikTok post inspired some users to try their hand at DIY. Stock Image. © Getty Images Close up of handyman holding a drill machine with tool belt around waist. The viral TikTok post inspired some users to try their hand at DIY. Stock Image.

A TikTok video has gone viral after a user shared a cool "Backyard hack you need this summer." In the three-minute clip, that has been viewed 16.7 million times, blake.kinsman can be seen drilling holes in a cool box to eventually create a battery- powered mobile air conditioning unit, perfect for lounging in the garden or on the beach.

One TikToker said of the invention: "Not really practical but I appreciate the creativity."

In the video, Blake can be seen drilling three large holes in the lid of the cool box and four in the sides. He then adds a sheet of conducting metal mesh on the inside and attaches a fan to the top blowing down into the cooler. Two pipes sticking out of the top act as vents and once filled with ice it's good to go.

A quick online search reveals that a portable air conditioning unit can cost up to $700, however, the materials used in the homemade cooler cost significantly less. Plastic piping will set you back roughly $12, whereas a small fan costs roughly $20 and wire mesh will cost you about $10 for three sheets.

The video finishes with Blake positioning the cooler in front of two sunbathing, bikini-clad women, who look positively thrilled with the invention. Nevertheless, comments from users were mixed.

User Marissa Nystrom commented, "I just lost 3 minutes of my life 😂" with Nichole with an H responding, "Same 😂".


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According to an article on Hootsuite, the optimum TikTok video length is seven to 15 seconds, despite the 10 minute limit.

User brenton barreira commented, "I think someone invented air conditioning tho" to which Robert pearson121 replied, "So many negative comments…why? This was genius! That's what's wrong with the world today…too much hating! Just appreciate something for once, damn!"

This prompted Catered4Me to reply, "Cuz ppl on this app are adhd as f***. If it's not a 10 sec vid they can quickly copy they're whining and complaining."

Many people, however, praised the invention, finding fun in the DIY aspect of the video. User jcaa353 commented, "Also WAY CHEAPER than running a portable air conditioner haters stop hating and being lazy again, great idea."

"Absolutely genius brother. We made one and took it to our fish camp. Works perfect," said user9014344929281. "Thank you man we appreciate you sharing this."

Rodger Close said: "Making one tomorrow I'll make sure to show you the results."

Blake.kinsman has previously posted videos of himself making floating cornhole tables and a floating beer pong table.

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