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Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 9:48 pm
by Tuna
nice little project there.
you can pickup a cheap ac to dc converter locally at goodwill for $0.99 or $1.99
if it plugs into the wall and has a black box, it is converting power
look at the fine print for the output voltage (amperage should not be an issue)

long time no posty... ;)

Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:58 am
by P-Y
Why not use a hair dryer ($5 at Goodwill) and you don't event have to turn the hear on...
Personally I use a Dryguy that I found on sale at REI for $27 and it works for both booties and snow boots ... B001KW01HO

Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:32 pm
by jeffh
I like the project.
Here is my current technique though.
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Works fine as long as I remember to turn the room's ventilation fan on.
Otherwise, OMG!!

Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 1:48 pm
by Pearse
I took some plastic coated sheep wire and created this. Works pretty well. Put it by the fire place or in front of the heater vent in my van and stuff is pretty dry the next day.

This stand plus a shot of mouthwash in each bootie once in a while and no more bootie funk :) The mouth wash is supposed to kill bacteria that produces the funk. It really works.

Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:31 pm
by C.J.
Mouthwash, Great idea!

Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:16 pm
by Roberto
Now that everyone is sharing, here goes mine:)
Probably more expensive than Weston's design. I was looking for something I could take apart and use in the car. Also the ability to modify to dry two pair of booties, booties/gloves or just booties.

Fan attached, 12V car plug
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45deg elbow to hold the booties open and in place. Filed tube to force air to circulate from the top of the booty. Only two holes on the vertical pipes opposite direction to the elbow.
Fan attached, 12V car plug Close
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I later found out that the fan is not necessary if you have a forced air vent you can use.
Over Vent
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The design allowed me to dry the boots using the heat vent while still dripping wet by placing a storage container lid (picture not shown). This will hold the water without damaging the floor.

I used some stuff I had already. Assorted PVC from Homedepot:
- Fan from a busted Hairdryer (burnt heating element). Fan are 12V DC
- 1" PVC pipe
- Various 1" Cross, plugs, elbows
- PVC Adapters
- PVC Adhesive (optional)
- Electrical tape

- Drill
- Saw
- File
- Sandpaper
- Soldering iron (Fan)


Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:56 pm
by Tuna
Pearse, that funk reminds me of kiteboarding.
Aromatherapy :/
I own this model and although pricey it has served me well for six years. It has a 90 min timer and a heating element. Unless your gear is soaking wet, 90min is suficient. My only complaint is that the air is not directed all the way to the toes. I also have a wetsuit dryer that has a fan but no heating element.

Should it ever break I will be building a replacement. I like what you have done there, Roberto.

I have an assortment of computer case fans installed on my sailboat. Two fans fitted into a junction box at the vent in the head. One fan installed where my custom laptop docking station is. Finally I have two 200mm (huge) fans that I place in my sunroof during the summer to keep air moving. All of these fans are whisper quiet and draw very little power. They have all survived over a year in a marine environment and still work.

Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 6:29 pm
by Pearse
Tuna you can have your funky smell. I like the cool minty feeling in between my toes while i ride :)

Give me a shout if you go kite or surf while ur out here

Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Fri May 09, 2014 7:39 pm
by Aleutia
So excited, for a DYI day! Thanks for the ideas. Tmrw I'm making a bootie dryer (and an A/C, for my bunnies' hutch)!! So, stand by for some photos to display the completed works. :sign7:

Re: DIY bootie drier

PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:36 am
by seatownflyer
Tide container
2 140mm computer case fans
some pvc pipe and JB weld.
12v wall outlet charger
Only thing I bought was the pipe and JB weld. Everything else was found at home. It will dry the booties within a few hours.