Tuesday, December 31, 2013

To Catch the Falling

A reader on my last post asked what type of cart I put to catch clothes in the basement below my laundry chute.  Shortly after adding the new little chute trap door, I bought this R. B. Wire laundry cart off of Amazon.  It holds "2.5 bushels" which sounded like a lot to my untrained-to-odd-measurement-methods mind.

It's a little up there is price, but is one of those purchases you will have to only make once in your lifetime, barring some freak laundry accident. 

If I had to do it all over again, I'd consider ordering the 4.5 bushel cart. Then again, the larger cart is quite a bit more expensive and just doing laundry a little more frequently than once a month also does the trick.

The one item I wish the cart had was wheel locks. Otherwise the cart is great. One day when I have more time for crafts, I will sew a cute little cotton liner for it....

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Down the Hatch

I've mentioned my laundry chute in past posts, but I don't think  I've ever posted pictures.  It was an unexpected discovery we made when I first moved into the house. It is on the floor in the linen closet right outside of the bathroom. In fact, my mom who was helping me clean had to tell me what it was. 

I grew up in a house with a laundry chute, but it was on the wall in the bathroom and dropped down into the laundry room below. When I was about 5 or 6, I tried to talk one of my friends into sliding down it. 

About a year ago, I spent some time sanding down the wood walls of the chute itself and putting a finish on them. I still didn't put the chute into use and used the floor of the closet for storage instead.

This past summer I saw a piece of plywood in my basement and it struck me that it was about the size of the hole.  I had some free time, so I put a few coats of amber shellac on the board and installed a little knob handle.  Then I put the chute into use.  I love it.

I have a set of hinges for the door waiting to be installed.  For now, the little door just sits over the chute and that works fine. There also is the remnants of a hook and eye set on the shelf above the chute that would have held the little trap door open.  I may add a hook to the little door (using the vintage "eye")  to once again allow it to stay open.

In the basement there is a little trap door. Since I've added the little door above, I've started leaving the basement trap door open.  At one time it operated on a elaborate pulley and spring system, that looks like it opened and shut on the weight of clothes being sent down the chute. The remains of the system are still down there.....and at some point, I'll probably try to get that up-and-running again.

It's one of those little quirks that make living on an old house enjoyable.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Nailing It

Remember this whole conversation?

Well look at this perfect solution:

Merry (early) Christmas to me.

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