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how to build a mount to hold a a roller wringer for drying clothes? Answered

i recently purchased a roller wringer, but having trouble finding a place to secure it to which will remain stable while i crank.
The oval washtub i have id small around 30quarts, it fits , i use a piece of wood so the clamps aren't  on the washtub.. however the tub id too light weight and falls over if there is no water or clothe in the tub.i will truy and edit this later with a picture and measurements, but off hand i think between the screw clamps it is 14 inches, 
i would really like ti mount in on my bathtub, outer rim which is 6inches.,since i would  have no stability and movements.he vendor i bought ot from said it was normality monuted on a upside down T shaped wood setup, i am not sure what that means. i also  don't want to get a bigger wash basin, since i l live in an apartment and space is really limited/
these are the specs from amazon
" Clamps open to 1 3/4". The wringer's metal frame size is 15.5" wide. With the crank handle attached it extends the length to 29". The frame height is 8.5" but extends to 10.25" counting the tension screw knob on top. The metal frame is 2" deep with a 6" drip tray the slides into the frame under the rollers. The usable inside width is 11.25" from one side of the roller to the other. Weighs about 15 lbs assembled."



i am still working on it, i used the work-stand, which was secure, but too high and catching water was hard, i need to build something n shaped for onto the bathtub, takes care of water and easier on mt back to kneel and crank, , i have the wood, see how soon i get to it,
thanks, all, i wish i could weld , but am in an apartment, if i had a house i would get a bigger washtub and mount it on that with reinforcements or put the wash tub on top of the inverted T
thanks to all, i will do a picture when done,

op here , i was thinking of using two pieces of 15" or 16" wide wood , maybe a old wooden shelf that is 22mm thick, a little over 3/4inch, i may have to double it to make it wide enough. RANT:why didn't they adopt the metric system when i was in grade school, like i can figure out 16,832,64 on a measuring device with my eyes.
i could make one longer , and that would be the one i clamp onto. Use some 2x4 scrap to make the thickness of the bathtub rim and secure the two planks together with long bolts . i could even make the piece nearest the clamp area higher to reinforce the clamping power, cause when i turn it , it creates a lot of twisting motion, the wood would be like a h that i would slide over the tub and clamp onto the high piece.
ding! i just realized i have a 4 legged rockwell- jawhorse, i am sure if i clamp a 2 x4 in there, it will clamp on and the hight hopefully will be ok to twist with. i have serious spine issues and already partially paralyzed, so i have to be careful. working on my knees or laying down is the best for my back. so the bathtub may still be it.
thanks guys for the help, i have been thinking non stop about this since i tried it on the small tub , and it was walking while i cranked unless the tub was full. being in a overcrowded apartment i cant make anything too big.

AFAIK USA have been trying to adopt the metric system officially:

from Wikipedia:

"The process of replacing the American system of measurements has been unsteady over the years with no definite conclusion.

After efforts in the 1970s and 1980s, there has been little political will to continue conversion to metric.

Currently, the U.S. uses a mixture of units. In some fields, the metric system has been used in the U.S. since the early 19th century. The use of metric units instead of or in addition to customary units has been gradually increasing for many years, but much of the public momentum has been lost since the 1980s, except in schools, science, and manufacturing."

In my grandmothers day that sort of wringer was clamped to the edge of the sink so the excess water ran down the plug.

By "upside down T", I presume they mean something shaped like


... in other words, a base which can be screwed, clamped, or otherwise fastened down, with an upright firmly attached to it that the wringer can in turn be clamped onto.

Your challenge is figuring out how to stabilize the base over the tub (or over some chute which drains into the tub -- something has to catch the excess water this squeezes out of the fabric.) The best suggestion I can give you is to build some sort of framework which stands on the floor, has a table surface to hold the tub, and has the upside-down T crossbar above the tub to hold the wringer... and which can be made stable enough to withstand the cranking forces. It might require outrigger legs, or it might require some weights, but obviously someone thinks it's possible since this gadget is being sold. The trick is going to be doing this without making it expensive enough, and bulky enough, to not be worth the effort.

Old-style wringer washing machines didn't have a problem -- but their wringers were motorized, so they didn't have someone hauling on a handle to possibly tip them over.


7 years ago

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