Hack your summer: Coolers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Here are six great uses for your cooler this summer.

1. Build an air-conditioner out of a Styrofoam cooler

There are a lot of plans for building an air-conditioner using a cooler but this one requires just a few inexpensive items and a cutting knife.

BONUS HACK: Build one for your car or boat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHQ0v3da2g4

BONUS, BONUS HACK: Turn an all-purpose bucket into an air-conditioner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxSLbpAwibg

2. Make a floating cooler in 20 minutes

The price is right for keeping drinks close at hand.

3. Turn an ordinary cooler into a Yeti-like super cooler

As rugged as a $300 Yeti cooler? Maybe not. Cheaper? Oh yeah!

4. Build an ice-chest stereo

There are many plans on the Internet for cooler stereos. We liked this one for its portability and simplicity. Consider marine speakers (and good sealant) to make it more waterproof, then settle back and enjoy some cool tunes.

BONUS HACK for the serious do-it-yourselfer: Build a cooler stereo with no holes in the ice chest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_0LV68ELuE

5. Cook corn in a cooler

You still have to boil the water on a stove or grill, but amaze your friends with this trick the next time you go camping.

6. Make your own Ecto-Cooler

Not the type of “cooler” as our other tips. This is a throwback to school lunches from the 1980’s.

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