|1) Here is the new, larger filter that I bought to cut down to size|
|2) Measuring the new filter up against the dirty old custom filter|
|3) The new filter after I carefully cut off the cardboard edge and then cut through the filter itself.|
|4) I used Elmer's Glue-All but I think almost any glue would do. Something that dries a little faster would have been nice.|
|5) The bead of Elmer's glue on the cardboard edge that I had saved.|
|6) The finished, custom-cut air filter with the edge drying. I let it dry for about half and hour and then put it to use!|
I don't know how many people have the need for custom-cut filters, but I think the bigger idea here is that we should always question the easy consumer solution. I will save myself at least $10 per filter this way. If my HVAC system continues to work for a few more years (knock on wood- it's over 20 years old) I'll save myself some decent cash. Make shift, my friends!