Everyone thinks living on a tropical island is all fun and games. Actually it can be very challenging. Now that swim season is here, we have to manage our swimwear carefully. It takes forever for anything to dry out naturally, and these fabrics do not tolerate dryer heat or sunlight well. Here is the solution.
You will need
3 to 5 feet of 2 inch sch 40 PVC drain pipe
a miter saw to cut it appart
PVC pipe adhesive to glue it back together
2 to 4 feet of rope and a hook
3 to 6 feet of rope lights
optional decorative fabric
Step 1: PVC Pipe Frame
I butted the pieces so they laid flat and marked their positions across the joints. Then I glued them together with regular PVC glue. No priming is needed. Just hold the ends together for a minute or two and let it rest quietly. After an overnight cure, the resulting joints were too strong for me to break barehanded. I figured that was good enough.
I sanded the outside corners so they wouldn't scuff or snag fabric. But this thing was still hopelessly ugly.
Step 2: Decoration
Black and yellow looked like a dangerous combination and there seemed to be enough. So stitched together a ribbon from a 2 inch strip of each. I spiral wrapped the ribbon around the pipe frame with some stretch and pinned the ends. A few discrete dabs of polyurethane glue between the wraps keeps it in place. The ends are left open.
Step 3: Drip Drying
it's easy to use the dryer like a regular clothes hanger with a step-through jacket. But it also works with pullovers by sliding the pipe through the arms. I hang it will a loop of heavy polypropylene line and a toy carabiner.
But sometimes drip drying just isn't fast enough.
Step 4: LED Drying
The relative humidity here has been over 60% all week. Am I worried about starting my next dive in a stinky wetsuit? No.
Cheers from Sarasota