I am thinking about building my wife a clothes drying box, something to hang
shirts and other articles.
My thinking is that I can use cedar and build a 6' x 2' x 3' cabinet,
incude two rods and a grate separating the cab. in half. I would put
decorative vents on top and the two sides. I was also thinking of using the
dryer exhaust as a hot air source, with the hot air being force into the
bottom of the cabinet. Maybe even using a fan of sorts to help air
Also, what if she used the dryer to dry as well as the cabinet. I wonder
if the moisture from the main dryer would affect the clothes in the cabinet
by not allowing them to dry.
My dryer vents into the basement in winter with a secondary lint trap.
Any ideas on this? Is this a functional idea, or would it be better to fork
out the GRAND for the "real thing". By building the cabinet it would sure do
wonders for my toy er I mean tool budget!
I think running the working dryer into the box is a bad idea. I'd
assume it will be adding a huge amount of humidity and really not work
too well. However, you could probably find a disabled old dryer and
pull out the heater and fan, and then you have a dedicated unit for
less than the grand.
Tue, Dec 21, 2004, 11:28pm (EST+5) firstname.lastname@example.org
I am thinking about building my wife a clothes drying box, something to
hang shirts and other articles. <anip>
Sounds to me like you're trying to fix what ain't broke. In my
experience, hang a damp shirt up overnight, in the open, and it's dry in
the morning. If you want it done faster, that's what a clothes drier is
for. Bars to hook clothes hangers on would be a lot more inconspicuous
when not being used. Hell, it's the laundry room, I doubt you're going
to get many visitors there, so just some nails pounded in the rafters
Sanity is vastly over-rated.
On Wed, 22 Dec 2004 16:31:12 -0500, email@example.com (J T)
This depends strongly on where you live.
Around here you hang that shirt in the open for about an hour and it's
dry -- at least in the summer time.
OTOH my sister, who lives in a place where the Banana Slug is the
state animal, needs a lot more help to dry clothes. When we lived in
Ireland we learned the value of a drying closet first hand.
"Sometimes history doesn't repeat itself. It just yells
'can't you remember anything I've told you?' and lets
fly with a club.
-- John W. Cambell Jr.
Wed, Dec 22, 2004, 11:11pm (EST+5) snipped-for-privacy@TAKEOUTmindspring.com says:
<snip> Around here you hang that shirt in the open for about an hour and
it's dry -- at least in the summer time.
OTOH my sister, who lives in a place where the Banana Slug is the state
animal, needs a lot more help to dry clothes. When we lived in Ireland
we learned the value of a drying closet first hand.
When I said "in the open", I meant in the open in the house, as
opposed to say, putting it in a closet.
I've never lived in Ireland, but I've lived in several other
countries, and traveled in more, and in every one, you leave a wet
shirt, or whatever, hanging in the open overnight (say from a shower
rod), and it's dry next morning. The only "closets" I saw were for
hanging clothes after they were dry. When you're traveling, works very
well with a wash and wear suit, wash and wear shirt, change of socks and
underwear. Makes for minimal hand baggage. Wash your suit, shirt,
change of underwear and socks, every night, in your hotel bath or sink;
then a couple of hangers, and a small piece of rope to hang them from.
Carry the extras, along with your shaving gear, in one small handbag.
In places with cold winters, it's pretty standard to hang the
clothes outside. Yep, they freeze, solid, but beat the ice out of them,
let 'em warm up a bit, and they're dry. If you've ever brought in
frozen stiff clothes, with a stiff wind blowing, and a way minus wind
chill factor, you know why that isn't my first choice of drying methods.
The big thing is, don't hang them out sopping wet, wring them out first.
If they're too wet, you could break them, after they freeze.
Sanity is vastly over-rated.
I like JT's thoughts even better, couple of nails ummm, bout a buck, 999
toward a Lathe and accesss, I like that!!!!!! Ummmm Hey Hon < iwas thinkin
Ya got any nails?.....................................And where's that
woodworking cataloge of mine?
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