Hockey equipment doesn't need washing after every use, but it does need drying. A drying rack is an inexpensive way to extend the life of the equipment and make your player smell better. Bacteria grow in cool, wet places so drying hockey equipment in a warm room eliminates bacteria growth. Spraying equipment after drying with a freshener does help the odour, but remember that once sprayed the equipment is wet again. After spraying with a freshener, make sure to layout the equipment to dry again or you will have the same problem bacteria causing a strong, unpleasant odour.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- 20- to 25-foot PVC Schedule 40 pipe
- 1 1-1/2-inch PVC cross
- 3 1-1/2-inch PVC tee
- 4 1-1/2-inch PVC 90
- 7 1-1/2-inch PVC cap (optional)
- 1 pint PVC glue (optional)
Make a hockey player figure on the floor with the equipment needing drying. This pattern is the design of the drying rack. Measure the length from the bottom of the skates to the top of the helmet and from the fingertips of one glove to the glove on the other side. These measurements are the height and width of the drying rack.
Purchase PVC pipe, tees, cross, pipe cap and glue at your local hardware store. PVC cleaner is optional. Use the measurements from Step 1 and cut the PVC pipe accordingly with a hex saw. The first cuts will be 1 foot in length and you need four of them. Push these pieces into the two PVC tees lengthwise. The centre opening of the PVC tee needs to face up.
Take the measurement from the bottom of the skates to the top of the helmet and add 4 to 6 inches to it. Cut two pieces of PVC pipe to this length. The reason you add at least 4 inches is that the PVC tees will consume at least 2 inches in construction. Spacing the hockey equipment so it doesn't touch uses the other 2 to 4 inches, increasing air flow.
Insert the ends of the two pipes cut into the sockets of the PVC tees. The sockets are the openings in the centre of the tee facing upward. Take the two PVC elbows and attach them at a 90-degree angle at the top of longer PVC pipes. These two longer pieces are the legs of the drying rack. Face the open ends of the PVC elbows inward.
Cut the PVC pipe into two, 8-inch pieces. Push these 8-inch pieces into the PVC elbows. The opening is facing inward. In the centre of the elbow, push a tee into the opening. The tee must face up. You have just constructed the lower portion of the drying rack. The lower portion holds the lower body hockey equipment: shin pads, hockey trousers, jock strap and cup, socks and suspenders.
Measure a piece of PVC pipe the length required for the upper body. This measurement comes from subtracting the measurement from the bottom of the skates to the top of the helmet from the lower portion measurement of the rack just constructed. This is simple math. Cut the PVC pipe for the upper portion of the rack to the dimension just calculated. Four pieces needs cutting.
Find the PVC connector; it is in the shape of a cross. Push the lengths just cut into the connector. Two pieces of pipe will point outward; those are the arms. Two pieces will point up and down; one attaches to the lower portion of the drying rack and the opposite end holds the helmet. The cross in the centre holds the chest protector/shoulder pads. Slide the chest protector/shoulder pads over the top pipe where the helmet will rest until the gear rests on the cross bar. The gloves can go over the ends of the outstretched arms of the drying rack and the helmet can go on the top.
Drape any remaining hockey equipment over an open space on the drying rack. For aesthetics you can cap off the ends of the PVC pipe, but it is not necessary for drying. Hockey equipment takes six to eight hours to dry completely. Once dry you can spray on the freshener; just remember that the freshener needs drying time, possibly as long as two hours, depending on how you sprayed.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure the drying rack is in a room that is always warm and has ventilation. Bacteria in the hockey equipment can be breathed into the lungs of the player. This can cause an asthma attack or pneumonia.
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