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jacobholm
July 30th, 2012, 12:48 PM
Hi!


I just moved into a new house and don't really have a lot of space to store my gear in. I need to build a pvc rack that can fit inside a 55"x40" area. I want to be able to hang almost all of my gear on the rack, except the smaller things like lead weights, knife etc. The drysuit will hang upside down with pvc pipes inside the legs, something like Ken's Skooba Spot: Ultimate Drysuit Drying Rack (http://skooba-spot.blogspot.no/2007/07/ultimate-drysuit-drying-rack.html), with some modifications for more gear.


I have made some rough "sketches", with blocks to give an impression of some gear:

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Has anyone made a rack for all the equipment who can provide some tips or even measurements? I have also been thinking of a smart way to hang the suit without having to use a chair or even a ladder =P..

OBXDIVEGUY
July 30th, 2012, 01:23 PM
If the place you moved into can accommodate, I recommend putting the whole thing on wheels. I did a great PVC rack that I could roll out to the driveway and then hook up to a hose and water flowed throughout it to rinse everything. Once the stuff drip dried enough, I rolled it right into the garage.

jacobholm
July 31st, 2012, 06:09 AM
If the place you moved into can accommodate, I recommend putting the whole thing on wheels. I did a great PVC rack that I could roll out to the driveway and then hook up to a hose and water flowed throughout it to rinse everything. Once the stuff drip dried enough, I rolled it right into the garage.

Very good idea, I have to store it in a room on the second floor, but there is a small balcony just above the terrace where the hose is. I could rinse it up there, then roll it inside. I've heard of someone who hooked the rack up to a hose as you mention, but I am unsure of how I should achieve this. Did you use a waterpump or simply hook the hose into the top of the rack somehow (perhaps the pressure from the hose is enough)? You wouldn't happen to have some pictures of the rack?

OBXDIVEGUY
July 31st, 2012, 10:21 AM
Sorry, no pics. I just plugged the garden hose into it and that was plenty of pressure. I specifically plumbed it and had holes to the water to flow to the inside of wetsuits and stuff. For the outside of the stuff, I just blasted it with the hose before hooking it up.

jacobholm
July 31st, 2012, 04:56 PM
Ok, thank you. I will make up my mind design wise and buy the materials. I will definately put wheels on it. I'll post pictures when the project is done.

muddiver
July 31st, 2012, 05:27 PM
If you cap all the ends and install a hose connection so water can be pushed through the rack, I recommend that you measure and determine the crossectional area of the inside of your water hose and not exceed that area with the size and number of drilled holes by too much. You might drill a few and test it. If you have too much open area the water will just simply run out the lower of the holes you drill and not get to the top of the rack.

Akimbo
July 31st, 2012, 05:42 PM
Other ideas to look at:

http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/do-yourself-diy/333461-drying-trees.html

RonFrank
July 31st, 2012, 10:31 PM
You would be better off rinsing in a tub. There is a reason every Boat Op uses a tub rather than a fancy water rack. Once the gear is rinsed then drying can involve a rack if you like. Storing is a different requirement. You can store most gear packed. I would approach this in three stages, not one.

fisheater
August 1st, 2012, 12:12 AM
Not a DIY project, but this may fit your needs.

I use one for my gear. I roll it out to the front of the house to hang things up from the rinse and tub and then roll it into the garage to drip dry.

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/400/ba/baf35e59-09ee-45fa-ada4-f52060131326_400.jpg
36 in. x 18 in. x 70.25 in. Chrome Supreme Garment Rack-7058-90 at The Home Depot (http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-25ecodZ5yc1v/R-202024893/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=wardrobe&storeId=10051#.UBiru7TpPN0)

jacobholm
August 1st, 2012, 02:24 AM
You would be better off rinsing in a tub. There is a reason every Boat Op uses a tub rather than a fancy water rack. Once the gear is rinsed then drying can involve a rack if you like. Storing is a different requirement. You can store most gear packed. I would approach this in three stages, not one.

I do not have a tub =( But I guess I could fill the case i carry it all in with water. Connecting a hose to the rack might not be necessary as hosing/soaking all the gear isn't a big job. The main reason I need to drill holes in the tubes is to dry the inside of my drysuit in case it gets wet. For short term storage I think the equipment can be stored on the rack, I don't know if it might be damaged long term.

muddiver
August 1st, 2012, 05:36 PM
I think RonFrank is referring to a plastic "Rubbermaid" type tub. I carry my gear in one of the blue ones for local boat dives. It retains any draining water from the dive and keeps the Jeep dry.

The only issue with a DIY PVC rack is if you use a small diameter pipe it could cause streachig and creasing of the soft components, unless you use a large diamiter for the point that the wet/dry suit actually hang on. When I say large diamiter I am talking 4" or bigger to provide propper support.

jacobholm
August 2nd, 2012, 05:55 AM
I think RonFrank is referring to a plastic "Rubbermaid" type tub. I carry my gear in one of the blue ones for local boat dives. It retains any draining water from the dive and keeps the Jeep dry.

The only issue with a DIY PVC rack is if you use a small diameter pipe it could cause streachig and creasing of the soft components, unless you use a large diamiter for the point that the wet/dry suit actually hang on. When I say large diamiter I am talking 4" or bigger to provide propper support.

Ah, I'll check that out. Good point about the diameter of the pipes, I'll keep that in mind. I am considering dropping the drying part (pumping air through the pipes), it seems to be enough to just let the suit hang upside down for a while. That way I can construct an easier rack.

jacobholm
August 6th, 2012, 01:30 PM
I have decided to just hang the suit upside down from a hanger. Pipes up in the legs seems like a hassle (hanging the suit in a confined space etc), so I have decided on something like this:

http://s8.postimage.org/wal0hkymt/Rack.jpg

I am a bit unsure about the horizontal support pipes between the BCD and suit rack parts, as they might be in the way of the suit. But then again, I am afraid it might break or bend without the support.

Any ideas for improvement? I have been thinking of a clever way to hang my regulator. hmmm..

bevansmw
August 9th, 2012, 02:36 AM
I've got one that works for all of my gear. Attaching a photo with my gear hanging up drying inside. It's just some PVC pipe from Home Depot and a tray to catch the drippings, one of those plastic tubs with wheels on it people would use to store stuff under their bed.

Cost about $50 total, been meaning to paint it but haven't gotten around to it yet. Only tools needed were a handsaw, measuring tape and a plastic cup, stir stick & small brush for the glue.

Note on the top the beam to hang stuff splits about half-way down into two separate beams. This provides me with more room to hang smaller bits like mask, gloves, boots etc.. thats how the boots are staying where they are up there ;)

I did have to use some PVC two part glue on several parts. I left a bunch of the joints on the ends and for the bars running down the center (waist height) unglued so I could pivot them. But most of the top and bottom joints are glued together so it won't bend in the middle. If I wanted a longer straight beam I could just flip it upside down as well and then hang a bunch of wetsuits if I had more and needed to dry them. It works great.. :)

I do have a separate black tub from Home Depot that I use to wash the gear in the front yard or soak it in sink the stink inside my apartment (I don't have any type of secure yard, in a 1bdrm apartment) prior to hanging it to dry.

Last note.. because I didn't glue the sides together (just the top/bottom minus the hinges on the corners) once I'm done it completely disassembles and fits nicely into the same try that I used to catch the water drops for storage.


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One last picture so you get an idea of it stored with all of my gear in the closet.

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I was actually meaning to post this and hadn't done it yet .. theres my tub with all of my gear in my XS Scuba mesh roller .. the entire PVC drying rack is disassembled just below it.

jacobholm
August 10th, 2012, 10:34 AM
Wow, nice compact design and really easy to dissassemble and store! I have ordered some pvc parts, but will consider some changes based on your rack =) I liked the way you placed the rack "inside" the plastic container (with wheels?) as a dripping tray. Thanks for the feedback, I will post pictures/measurements etc once I have recieved and built my rack.

eelnoraa
August 10th, 2012, 02:05 PM
The kind of drysuit hanger in your link, hang it upside down with vent at the foot pocket area. I built a similar one myself when I have a CF200 suit with turbo sole. It is really necessary for the inside of the suit to dry within days. With TLS350, it is not necessary anymore. The rack itself actually take up lots of space, and it is way too tall to be inside any closet. My experience is that is really only useful if 1) you have a turbo sole or integrated boot which you can't turn your suit inside out. AND 2) you have a neoprene suit. If you don't have both, putting the suit in a proper hanger right side up, hanging in closet or a normal storage rack is a more pratical and better solution.



Hi!


I just moved into a new house and don't really have a lot of space to store my gear in. I need to build a pvc rack that can fit inside a 55"x40" area. I want to be able to hang almost all of my gear on the rack, except the smaller things like lead weights, knife etc. The drysuit will hang upside down with pvc pipes inside the legs, something like Ken's Skooba Spot: Ultimate Drysuit Drying Rack (http://skooba-spot.blogspot.no/2007/07/ultimate-drysuit-drying-rack.html), with some modifications for more gear.


I have made some rough "sketches", with blocks to give an impression of some gear:

130994
130995
130996
130997


Has anyone made a rack for all the equipment who can provide some tips or even measurements? I have also been thinking of a smart way to hang the suit without having to use a chair or even a ladder =P..

jacobholm
August 10th, 2012, 03:36 PM
The kind of drysuit hanger in your link, hang it upside down with vent at the foot pocket area. I built a similar one myself when I have a CF200 suit with turbo sole. It is really necessary for the inside of the suit to dry within days. With TLS350, it is not necessary anymore. The rack itself actually take up lots of space, and it is way too tall to be inside any closet. My experience is that is really only useful if 1) you have a turbo sole or integrated boot which you can't turn your suit inside out. AND 2) you have a neoprene suit. If you don't have both, putting the suit in a proper hanger right side up, hanging in closet or a normal storage rack is a more pratical and better solution.

My suit has an integrated boot and is neoprene. I have decided to not hanging it with pipes in the legs, it would be ideal for drying, but it would have been a hassle everytime I had to get the suit up there. Hanging it upside down from a regular hanger seems to work. What I could do was extend some pipes halfway up the legs and blow air through.

eelnoraa
August 10th, 2012, 05:04 PM
for wet neoprene suit, it is not a good idea to hang right side up with regular drysuit hanger going through neck seal due to the weight. It seems lots of load on the shoulder and neck ring. If I were you, I will still use the upside down method until the suit is dry.

bevansmw
August 10th, 2012, 10:36 PM
Wow, nice compact design and really easy to dissassemble and store! I have ordered some pvc parts, but will consider some changes based on your rack =) I liked the way you placed the rack "inside" the plastic container (with wheels?) as a dripping tray. Thanks for the feedback, I will post pictures/measurements etc once I have recieved and built my rack.

It does have wheels though they aren't very sturdy and don't provide a lot of ground clearance, works for me :) I'm a warm-water diver though in Hawaii with a 3mm full wetsuit which is more than enough for here, can really get away with a shorty or not even wear a wetsuit in the water here.

darkmoon3d
August 31st, 2012, 06:28 PM
Just built my own pvc dive rack using some leftover 3/4" pvc pipes. One advice I'd give if making your own pvc rack assembly is use short length section for better sturdiness. btw: the bendiness in image is due to panorama feature on camera.

korvette
August 31st, 2012, 08:52 PM
Here is what I made and here is the website that I got the idea from. I added the pipe for the boots and fins.

Wet Suit Drying Rack (http://www.mindspring.com/~divegeek/wrack.htm)

Mine does not have all the screw in male/female ends just because of the cost, which was about $50, that the guy on the website did. You can use anything from 1 1/2" to 2", that just your preference.

I keep mine in a hallway bathtub that we do not use. Its covered by the shower curtain so the boss is not yelling at me. I did not glue it together incase I need to disassemble it. It is strong enought to hold all items wet.

When I need to wash the items I pull it out of the tub then fill the tub and wash everything then put the rack back into the tub and hang everything up and turn on the shower and rinse. Seems to work ok.
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jacobholm
September 5th, 2012, 05:28 PM
Just built my own pvc dive rack using some leftover 3/4" pvc pipes. One advice I'd give if making your own pvc rack assembly is use short length section for better sturdiness. btw: the bendiness in image is due to panorama feature on camera.

Yes, my rack is also mostly short sections. I glued it all and it seems to be stable enough. I have built mine for 1 setup, perhaps I will have to build a new one if I buy a wetsuit as well, hehe..


Here is what I made and here is the website that I got the idea from. I added the pipe for the boots and fins.....

Nice, I have seen both your and the original design before while researching and got some ideas =) Mine had to be glued as I probably have more weight on it.


Finally, I'm done! I didn't follow my drawings 100%, but I'm pleased with the result. It seems to be pretty stable and I managed to fit most of my equipment on the rack (the rest lies on the floor on a towel.) The drysuit hanger didn't fit 40mm pipes, ofcourse, but luckily there was a small plastic thingie in the loop (see pictures) that I cut off and managed to slide the pipe in.

Feedback? =)

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