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The clothes dryer is an extremely smart invention: it is inexpensive, uses no electricity, offers plenty of space in a small space and can be stowed away to save space. In addition, clothes that have been dried in the fresh air smells wonderfully fresh.
However, a fully-jacketed rotary clothes dryer must be able to withstand a lot in the wind. Especially at the bottom of the post, large leverage forces occur because the clothing catches the wind like a sail. Therefore, pay attention to a good anchoring in the ground. Especially with loose, sandy soil so-called ground dowels with screw thread usually not enough to anchor the rotary dryer in the long term safe. Much more stable is a small concrete foundation. Here we show you what you have to consider when setting in the bottom sleeve of your rotary dryer.
Step by step: Concrete the rotary dryer correctly
First measure the necessary depth for the ground socket (left). The finished excavated hole should be well watered (right)
First, lift a sufficiently deep hole for the foundation. It should have about 30 inches of side and be about 60 inches deep. Measure the depth with the yardstick and pay attention to the length of the ground shell. It should later be completely embedded in the foundation. When the hole is fully excavated, the sole is compacted with a pile or a hammer head. Then moisten the soil thoroughly with a watering can with water, so that the concrete can later set quickly.
Fill the flash concrete layer by layer (left) and add water (right)
So-called flash concrete (for example from "Quick-Mix") cures after only a few minutes and can be filled directly into the hole without separate stirring. Lay the concrete layer by layer in the foundation hole and then pour the required amount of water over it. The product mentioned requires 3.5 liters of water per 25 kilograms of concrete for reliable setting. Attention: As the concrete hardens quickly, it is very important that you work quickly!
Mix water and concrete well (left) and add the next layer. Finally, align the ground socket (right) and let the foundation harden
With a spade you mix water and concrete together briefly and immediately fill the next layer. Once the depth of the ground socket is reached, it is placed in the center of the foundation and aligned with a spirit level exactly vertical. Then pour the foundation hole around the bottom sleeve with concrete using a trowel and moisten it. If the foundation reaches below the turf to about five centimeters, once again check the correct fit of the ground sleeve and then smooth the surface of the foundation with the trowel. The sleeve should protrude a few inches from the foundation and end at about the height of the turf, so that it is not caught by the lawnmower. The foundation has hardened so well after one day at the latest that it can be fully loaded. To cover the foundation, you can simply cover it with the previously removed sods. However, to ensure that the lawn does not dry out over the foundation, it must be well supplied with water.
Finally, a few tips: Cover the ground sleeve with the cap as soon as you remove the clothes dryer, so that no foreign objects can fall into it. Whenever possible, always use the original sleeve of the particular manufacturer of the spin-drying line, as some do not guarantee the use of external sleeves on their rotary-clothes dryers. Reservations against plastic sleeves are unfounded, because manufacturers of high-quality rotary dryers also use a stable and durable plastic for their ground sleeves. In addition, the material has the great advantage over steel that it does not corrode.