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

Updated on July 23, 2019

Red Green

Red's Facebook picture.
Red's Facebook picture. | Source

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!

Learn How Red Inspired Me

The Red Green Show: High (Quality) Quantity Collection
The Red Green Show: High (Quality) Quantity Collection
Laughter is the best medicine and the MUSE for my invention. See Red and his friends in action to understand why.

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.

DIY Laptop Computer Cooler upplies and Equipment

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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2011 Maren Elizabeth Morgan


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