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I recently borrowed a portable swamp cooler from my dad, as my apartment doesn't have A/C and it's hotter than death in the afternoons. The only problem with it so far is that it seems to be doing little aside from acting as a glorified fan.
I took off the back and figured out that the absorbent pad that's supposed to be picking up water from the reservoir (via a motor that spins two rods that move the pad through the water and up) is not as absorbent as it should be, and stays relatively dry. I'm wondering if they sell pads like this at home stores so that I can cut a length and attach it to the rods. I would need a way to attach a sheet of it to the rods, however. Right now it looks like the pad is wrapped around two rods with a seem that keeps it together. Maybe staples or something would work?
For reference, the model swamp cooler is this one, and I can take photos of what I'm talking about if needed.