A small fail

March 31, 2009

Eco-Freaky, Gadget

I didn’t want to post about this yet because I’d like to wait until I have the problem solved, but I’m out of ideas for tonight, so here goes:

I bought a pretty cool drying rack to use outside when the weather’s nice. I’d like to keep line-drying my laundry during the summer but it gets pretty damp down in our basement, so we don’t need any extra moisture. Plus, anything dried outside smells so dang awesome. You might remember that I tried a homemade contraption last fall with disastrous results. I saw this thing on the internet and had to wait a whole month before the guy was ready to sell them on his website. Finally I ordered it and it arrived on Monday. Hooray! Made of wood, built like a tank, holds at least 12 items, and sets up like a dream. I was so excited that I quickly washed a load of whites so I could hang something up before Parent-Teacher Conferences.


Yay! Clothes hanging outside! I used hair clips because it was kind of windy and the dowels are too wide for clothespins. (I don’t really want the marks from any kind of clothespin, so that’s going to have to be a prototype project.) Anyway, I made Lloyd come out and look. “Great. Wet clothes,” he said. He has no appreciation for coolness. I made him admire the ingenious design that let the gentle breeze spin the top around, like a laundry pinwheel of sorts.

Um, while I was at conferences, the wind picked up a bit.

Apparently it needs a little modifying for withstanding Nebraska wind. It’s construction should be exceedingly simple…..


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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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13 Responses to “A small fail”

  1. Brad Said on:

    I think you should attach it to your car. Then you could just put your car in neutral and let the wind carry you along. Dry clothes and less gasoline! It’s win/win!


    • Peggy Said on:

      Ha! The image of that cracks me up…and I think Lauren would be very inclined to try it. Who knows,maybe this is her way to make millions…one of you better get working on the patent.

      (Lauren- I laughed out loud when I scrolled down to the 2nd pic.)
      Can’t wait to see what clever way you resolve this.


  2. Deanne Said on:

    Oh, I feel a little sad for those nice, clean whites…

    In Girardot in Colombia, they dry everything outside in the sun (when it’s not raining). We used to take things that had gotten a little dingy down to Girardot for some sun-clean. Everything came back full of wonderful sunshine!


  3. Karla Said on:

    I think you should get a five gallon bucket and fill it with cement, then sink the bottom of that in it. I would think that would keep it upright. 😀


  4. Beth Said on:

    In defense of that very cool drying rack, the gusts of wind here were 40-50mph yesterday. It’s not usually that bad.


  5. Mark Said on:

    Dumb question, but…

    Would stringing a clothesline or two make sense, given the blusteriness of the wind on the Great Plains?

    For gadgetiness, you could search for a retractable clothesline. Or build one.



    • Lauren Said on:

      I’m glad you asked. I have issues with clothes lines because of a) the sagginess factor and 2) you have to use clips. In the basement everything is on (plastic coated) metal or pvc pipes, so they don’t get creases.

      When we first moved in we had a clothes line between the two trees out back and I would tether the cats to it. They were ‘inside cats’ and I was sure they would run into the street and die. Yes, I’m insane.


  6. Lloyd Said on:

    My website design class decided it would be fun to Rick Roll every link on the Lincoln Lutheran home page.


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