TWO tests

April 9, 2009

Eco-Freaky, Gadget

…. can you believe it? I wanted to figure out a solution to the tipping problem, so I ran a couple of scenarios this week. Method one: Disassemble an old patio table and use the top as a base. Ribbons hold the legs of the drying rack down, and while the whole contraption is now as sturdy as the day is long, it does make me the crazy lady who keeps a giant metal circle on her patio, sans legs.


Method two has a smaller footprint, but might prove less sturdy. It involves a cinder block and a shoestring, and since I’m already the crazy lady with several cinder blocks scattered purposelessly around the property, this seems like the better option.


Unfortunately, these options were both tested on nearly windless days, a rarity in Nebraska. However, I consider the problem mostly solved and feel confident enough to link to the guy who makes these cools racks. He’s located in Columbia, Missouri – just 45 minutes from Lloyd’s hometown!

By the way, Dollar Tree sells GIANT clothespins that go around the dowels and won’t make a single mark, so I didn’t even have to prototype!

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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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11 Responses to “TWO tests”

  1. Brad Said on:

    Maybe if you tiled or stenciled the cement block it would look more decorative and purposeful. People on those HGTV shows are always doing that with the MDF they use.


    • Peggy Said on:

      Great idea! Or you could cover the block with say a toaster cover…and use the holes for clothes pin storgage…or other secret treasures.


  2. Beth Said on:

    My favorite thing is the giant clothespins. So pretty.

    Oh, and maybe the cinderblock method would be more successful if you used pretty ribbon instead of a shoelace? I hear cinderblocks sometimes have self-esteem issues.


  3. Kristi Said on:

    Poor Pfennig. It looks like she’s being tortured. She so badly wants to jump and bat the clean clothes.


  4. Lauren Said on:

    Looking at that photo, one of the (many) weekend goals might be to de-white-trash the patio.


    • Curt Said on:

      Come on Lauren. You live in Seward. Who’s going to notice. Ha.


      • Beth Said on:

        Dude. You live in AIRPARK. What are you calling Seward white trash for?


        • Curt Said on:

          Ha ha. I figured I’d get a rise out of someone. Hey, I am a former Sewardite. I know Seward isn’t white trash, for the most part. To be perfectly clear I DO NOT live in airpark. I live in Olympic Heights which is south of airpark. There is a difference here, slight that it might be. I would only call 3 or 4 of the 8 neighbors that might be partially white trash. That’s not too bad.


  5. Curt Said on:

    You need to be using balin’ wire instead of a shoe lace.


  6. Lauren's mom Said on:

    If the winds in Seward are as strong as they are here, the wind would pick up the white circle-thing and take it skyward. UFO sighting in Seward!!! Or is it mesh? I like the cinder block.


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