Funny “Red Green” Style Laptop Computer Cooler using Duct Tape and Coffee Cans

Red Green

Red's Facebook picture.
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Red Green

Red Green is the quintessential Canadian fishing afficianado, mechanically talented, auto grease monkey, outdoorsy handyman. This loveable character burst upon the world via Canadian TV and American PBS on the weekly Red Green Show. He and his cast of friends and fellow Possum Lodge members delighted television viewers from 1991 through 2006. The comedy series followed the misadventures of Red and his bumbling nephew, Harold, and even produced a full-length movie Duct Tape Forever (2002) which includes many notable Canadian actors and rock group members in cameo roles.

Show Me the Duct Tape

Red is a man who knows the value of duct tape. Such is his genius that there is no equipment problem which he CANNOT fix with duct tape. In the Handyman Corner segment of his shows, he often refers to it as “the handyman’s secret weapon,” although this is anything but a secret. Red combines the duct tape and ordinary objects in creative and usually visually repugnant ways. Furthermore, he often destroys perfectly good objects to create some sort of Rube Goldberg contraption to do the work of another gadget which already exists.

In this spirit, I lightheartedly offer my Red Green style laptop computer cooler.

Duct Tape

Duct tape is the Handyman's secret weapon!
Duct tape is the Handyman's secret weapon!

Avoid Heat Build-Up in Laptops

Let’s review the problem. Laptops often have air intake and hot air exhaust vents on the bottom. Many laptop users started experiencing computer shutdowns because the machine overheated when sitting on its bottom, so to speak. If the computer rests on a person’s lap or on a tabletop, then air exchange is blocked. That is why manufacturers began producing fancy cooling platforms with fans. But, you don’t need to waste your money on those. You can easily build one yourself from items you have lying around the house.

Notice how many air vent-grills there are on the bottom of a laptop computer.
Notice how many air vent-grills there are on the bottom of a laptop computer.


Almost everyone has some cans at home. Even if you eat out all the time, you still may have those plastic containers from the deli with the cole slaw or the processed nitrate-loaded lunch meat, eh? Or, maybe you have coffee cans. Whatever it is that hangs around your house before recycling day, you’ll need three of them,

Three plastic coffee "cans."
Three plastic coffee "cans."

something to cut them with

A Man's Tool

Electric chain saw.
Electric chain saw.

and the handyman’s secret weapon.

You can never have too much duct tape.
You can never have too much duct tape.

Cut the cans or containers so that they are the same height, more or less, and have side windows for air flow.

Attach with duct tape being careful not to block any USB ports, card slots, keyboard keys, or anything that looks important.

I am just starting with the duct tape......
I am just starting with the duct tape......

There you end up with a strong, portable, lightweight cooling system for your laptop computer at little or no cost to you, eh?

The Finished Product

This baby is never going to overheat again.
This baby is never going to overheat again.


As Red would say: “If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.”

Love ya, Red!


Please do not try this at home. It is for humorous purposes and real Canadians only.

Text copyright 2011 Maren E. Morgan; all photos except the portrait of Red Green copyright 2011 Maren E. Morgan; invention trademark 2011 by Maren E. Morgan.

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Miss Mellie 5 years ago

Maren, you totally cracked me up with this one. And I'm not even Canadian!

On a more sober note, laptop overheating is indeed a serious concern. Not only can overheating wreck your machine, it can also cause (sometimes permanent) injury to one's thighs/lap, and even be a source of, er, fertility trouble for those with male equipment. So having some sort of cooling and/or barrier system in place really is necessary.

Mac users: notice your MacBooks and MacBook Pros don't have vents on the bottom. They still need a cooling barrier between the machine and you or table surface!

Voted Up and Useful!

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Maren Morgan M-T 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks for all that additional technical information. Is it surprising that the manufacturers didn't figure this out before hand???? Or am I too naive?

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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for a funny hub and a laugh. You're right, though, laptop overheating is a serious problem. You have an interesting solution!

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Maren Morgan M-T 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

We should all thank Red Green! If he has a middle name, I am guessing it is "creative."

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angie ashbourne 4 years ago

Hi! A quote from The Red Green Show: Remember you may have to grow old, but you don't have to mature. Awesome Hub. Angie/Canadian

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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Angie, absolutely right and "keep your stick on the ice!"

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