Getting it up to the roof was not as bad as one might think. I recommend using your school bus to get the heavy bits up there... you can see that we used a couple ladders to get it up to the roof of the bus, and then a small wooden "bridge" to get it across to the roof. It was mostly disassembled at the time, but still weighed a good 80 pounds or so.
|Use several ladders to get your swamp cooler up to the hood of your bus, then up to the roof of the bus.|
|Construct a small wooden bridge to get the swamp cooler (and your father) from school bus roof to house roof.|
One other difficult part of this process was that, due to vent pipes all in the middle of our roof, I had to mount the cooler way on the end of the house. We didn't want the cooler to suck in the toilet fumes, for obvious reasons. The duct provided with the kit was only about 10 feet, and I couldn't get an extension without purchasing a whole second kit, and I wanted the internal register to be close to the center of the house. To solve this problem, I constructed a large 18" x 4 foot duct from some smaller duct parts which are readily available at home depot. After covering all the seems with aluminum duct tape, it worked great.