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  1. GRK STL

    GRK STL Well-Known Member

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    We have been advertising rugs now for about 9 months. We get roughly 10 to 15 a week coming in.

    The problem we had was drying space. I build this drying rack this weekend. When it is 100 percent finished it will have 16 slots to hang rugs.

    The unit is 10 foot tall, 14 foot deep, and 16 feet wide. It should accommodate anything we want to put on it. I cleaned out my hole area for hardware to add additional pullies. I will be adding an electric winch next week to make it easier to lift wet rugs.

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  2. rob allen

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    You could make a blueprint and offer it to cleaners at an affordable price. Or share it at n/c. Your option. Thanks for sharing so far.
     
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    I would love to see the blueprint too.that rack is large enough to put a drying table underneath as long as rugs are dry enough that they aren't dripping.
     
  4. GRK STL

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    Right now the design is just in my head. I appreciate the compliments coming from you Rob.

    I will be finishing it next weekend with a winch to lift a lower rugs, I also need to order hardware online because running around town for limited supply of the components sucks.

    I only had enough hardware to build only 4 hanging bars. I will put up more pictures next weekend.

    After building this I have some ideas in my head of how to build it with aluminum. I will put my aluminum design on prints and have it quoted. The commercial systems on the market currently are to expensive to purchase at an entry level. I bet I can have a kit ready to ship to a customer for half of what the commercial companies are charging.

    Thus is just my 2 cents.

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  5. Steamin' Seaman

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    Racks here are on trolley track...take up no floor space.
    Did not have the space to put a rack system that stood from the floor.
    Nice to work with the trolleys, slide rugs around to get to different ones. I think they are 12' long set at 12' wide. Anything/rug, bigger than the rack width is just dried flat on the floor.

    Will be interested in what you use for a winch to lift the rugs with. Been thinking of setting my rack up with a winch. Although I have 1 rack that has double pulleys top and bottom on each end enabling me to lift very heavy weights. Every time you add a set of pulleys you cut the load weight in half.
     
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  6. mikedsmith

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    Do you use lag bolts to secure to ceiling? I have a rack I mounted to wall(in garage at home) so I can still park truck inside, but can only handle rugs about 10ft wide. Not sure I'm ready for expense of a shop just yet. Always looking for ideas to be able increase my volume of drying in a limited space. I have an idea for a folding rack to move out of way when not in use but would be sturdy enough to hold weight of rugs.
     
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    what pulleys are best for this?
     
  8. GRK STL

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    I like this design a lot, in my case it wouldn't work because the lights in our shop are mounted to the face of the beams.
     
  9. Steamin' Seaman

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    If you look at the pic I posted you can see a 2x6 between the track and the ceiling. I picked up 2 beams per 2x6 and lag bolted them in.
    4 long lag bolts per 2x6, and lag screwed the track to the 2x6.

    My dad, a helper and me built the garage and I had 9' ceilings put in for the purpose of a rug rack.
    I can pull my van under them when the racks are empty. And also can slide all the racks towards the back wall with rugs on them and still fit the van or suburban in.
    We put a I beam in so there is no pole in the double garage to help hold upper weight, open floor design in a 28'wide x 26' deep two bay.

    Someday I will need more room but this definitely works good for now. 3rd season with the shop could not tell you how much I have made with rugs at home. Pays for the garage by all means.
     
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    Look at pulleys with tags on them and they will have a weight rating/load limit. Make sure you get enough load rating to handle the rugs you are going to lift.
    And remember that if you are using multiple pulleys the load will be split between them.
    I have pulleys I bought from lowe's that have a 400 lb working load limit. So a set of pulleys at each end of the rack is now good for 800 lbs.
    When you start to double up pulleys, "side by side", you get an easier load lift but also your weight limit increases.

    I have one rack that has 4 pulleys per side of rack "2 up, 2 down, per side", scary what I can lift with it.
     
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  11. mikedsmith

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    Thank you so much, my garage has kids playroom above it so 8 ft is all I will get out of height, but can make that work. I like your idea a lot & may try & make that setup in my garage too. Sorry for so many questions but can you just buy trolleys at big box stores?
     
  12. GRK STL

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    Well I am finally almost done. I will be adding the pond liner tomorrow with boarder. You will see in the pictures my method of raising and lowering the rugs. I will post multiple pictures. Hope you guys get some good ideas.

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    GRK, Can you take a detail picture of the winch set up please. I do have a similar system but I need to set up my winch. Thanks
    Do you get a lot of walk ins.?
     
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    No we schedule everything for pick up and drop off.
     
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    How heavy is a typical wet rug?
     
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  17. GRK STL

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    If I had to guess a 10 x 10 has to be about 150lbs.

    This setup makes it easy for one person wash and lift. The most expensive part is the winch from Harbor freight.

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  18. Lars

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    Do you guys ever have problems with the weight of a wet rug folded over a drying bar drying with bump from being stretched by the weight of the rug?....

    I dry most of our rugs flat now so they don't stretch, and avoid that bump in the middle.

    I thought it would be cool to build some kind of a tray system where you can stack and dry multiple rugs at the same time laying flat in a confined space.
     
  19. mikedsmith

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    I've had same thought. Something with a perforated floor that would float carpet. It would be ideal if several levels could be dried with 1 fan
     
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    Can we get some final pics and tips after using for a year or two?
     

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