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For those of us DIY-ers: Pulley style clothes drying rack

 
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As a person who doesn't have a conventional clothes dryer in my home, I really appreciated this little video about a pulley style laundry rack that can be raised to the ceiling

I see several advantages to this pulley style clothes dryer. Among them is the fact that there is no electricity consumed during life of the product and no waste to fill a landfill at the end of its life, like the guy in the video is saying.

Another, especially important in small homes, is that it frees up floor space while the clothes are drying.

And, because the air up near the ceiling is dryer, the clothes dry up faster.

All these reasons, and others I didn't think of, make this a really useful "appliance" to make and use.

Happy Earth Day folks!

 
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We have one of those in our ski cabin. Drying clothing is often required after skiing in damp weather. A conventional dryer isn't an option because there's no electricity in the cabin. (Unless we fired up the generator, which would be a ridiculous way to dry clothing when there's a wood stove heating the cabin.)
 
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Thank you for posting that, Paul. I’d love to see a picture of yours:).

 
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It looks just like that but it hangs next to the loft so you don't have to haul it up and down, you just go upstairs to use it.
 
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Living in Florida, any excuse not to put an additional electric heating system in operation in Summer (roughly February-December) is worthy.

At my old house, I had an outdoor clothesline. There were 2 liabilities to that: First, the only thing that made the state inhabitable before widespread air conditioning were the afternoon thundershowers. See Fort Lauderdale this week. Secondly, leaving clothes on the line for several days would cause significant fading.

I have a garage where I am now and the afternoon sun on the non-insulated door means that summer temperatures can easily reach over 100°F in there. In fact, it's common practice down here to crack the door about 6 inches during the day to encourage ventilation. So I strung ropes from the brackets that hold the garage door tracks to the far wall. Makes walking around in there a little challenging while laundry is up, but it's electricity-free drying.
 
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Thank you for posting, Tim.

It's interesting to see how different climates can make clothes drying challenging in different ways.
 
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Being in a subtropical region means that a lot of seeds sold for the "general USA" aren't really good for this climate zone (9B/soggy), but a whole raft of actually tropical options are also difficult-to-impossible. I have a Key Lime tree by my front door and it mostly hangs on to survival. About once a decade I can see flowers on my banana tree.

But I will admit that this is excellent country for peanuts, black-eyed peas, and corn (hence the Southern stereotypes). And if you're properly savvy, the world-famous Vidalia Onions come from nearby (they've trademarked the name, so we have "St. Augustine Sweets". Also potato-chip potatoes and cabbage. None of which do very well for me, but then I'm not a commercial farmer. I can grow some painfully hot peppers, though, including Datil peppers.
 
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A favored utilitarian piece in the Victorian era, English-style “clothes airers” are rising in popularity again. Order an off-the-shelf model, or do as these homeowners did and build one yourself.
 
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Hey, thanks for sharing that video! It's amazing how simple innovations like a pulley-style clothes dryer can have such big benefits, especially for the environment. I remember growing up, my grandma used a similar setup, and it always fascinated me how efficient it was.
 
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