Step 1: What You'll Need
- Hack Saw
- Drill w/ Bits
- Duct Tape (that's a tool, right?)
- 4" PVC Tube ($6)
- 4" PVC Adapter or Reducer ($2)
- 4" PVC Cap ($2)
- Screws or Nails
You could use bigger or smaller PVC, but that's the size I wanted. Feel free to get the cheapest kind you can - it's not like we need this thing to be bulletproof, it's only holding plastic bags. As for what type of reducer or adapter, it really isn't a big deal - basically anything that creates a bottleneck at the bottom of the tube will work. You could use a truncated traffic cone for all I care. And the cap is completely optional, I just wanted something to keep sawdust and bugs out of the top of the tube.
Step 2: Build the Tube
After you get the pipe cut you're already almost done. Talk about easy! Next, drill a hole big enough to fit over the end of your screws or nails. These will be used to mount the tube. I used a 1/2" bit.
Once you get these holes drilled it's time to get the duct tape out. I made patches with a piece of tape on the adhesive of another piece of tape (see picture). These go over the holes on the inside of the tube. Why, you ask? It's so the screw head doesn't rip holes in the bags. It's not usually a good idea to try to empty a cat's litter box into a bag with holes in it... so this should prevent those holes. The piece of tape covering the adhesive will simply help to allow the tube to come off the wall without messing up the tape.
Step 3: Finishing and Mounting
Place the adapter over the cut end of the pipe and then the cap (if you decide to use one) on the clean end since it will be more visible. And now you're plastic storage tube is done!
The next step is mounting the tube. This is a simple matter of placing some screws or nails in your wall. Measure the distance between the holes you drilled in the tube and then place your anchors accordingly, keeping them plumb. I already had screws in the wall, so I worked backwards by placing my holes in accordance with the screws.
Step 4: Done!
So there you have it. Hopefully that was helpful and will help you get rid of some clutter by storing your plastic bags somewhere other than inside another plastic bag.