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Post by cruisecontrol on Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:18 am

This subject probably been discussed before - but I can't find it using the search route.

Just had a service at the local Marquis and asked if there was a way of tensioning the cords on clothes dryer thingy in the toilet compartment - the response was a smile and shake of the head. Not surprising really as numerous attempts by self have resulted in getting myself in knots - literally. So, has anyone has success?
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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by Gromit on Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:27 am

I think there's a knob on one end of the fitment. You pull the line across and fix it in the hooks, then go back to the fitment and tighten up the cords with the knob.

I think!!  content  (We never use ours as I get very bad tempered when I have to dodge the knickers in order to have a wee! snigger)


P.S. I'll have a look in a while if nobody confirms mine, or gives the correct answer.

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by Askit on Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:52 am

I have just asked the person in charge of said appliance in our MH and she confirms what Gromit said. The knob (to the left) is pulled out to release and, after the line it attached at the other end, turned to increase tension and clicked back into place (apparently  winks)

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by Gromit on Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:02 am

Thanks Mme. Askit  up!

I wasn't aware you had to fiddle with the knob, but it sounds very logical and easy enough.  content

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by Askit on Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:08 am

Yes Dave, as for the other thing, I will forward on my guidance in how to perform whilst doing the Limbo  lol4

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by Gromit on Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:41 am

Whistle1      lol4

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by pstallwood on Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:22 pm

If your strings are not tensioning evenly you can take the box off the wall and pull out strings all the way and then let them rewind into the box. Found the instructions by Google on the makers web site - Brabantia I think.

For some reason we do not get tangled in the lines when it is out - one of the advantages of being not of the tallest stature.

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by cruisecontrol on Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:51 pm

pstallwood wrote:If your strings are not tensioning evenly you can take the box off the wall and pull out strings all the way and then let them rewind into the box. Found the instructions by Google on the makers web site - Brabantia I think.

For some reason we do not get tangled in the lines when it is out - one of the advantages of being not of the tallest stature.
Yes - thanks all for the comments. I've tried the recommended route before posting (pulling the strings out and attempting to tension as you reel it back in) got them caught in my size 8's, used language that has been dormant since leaving Her Majesty's Air Works,  and gave up! So now it can stay on the wall unused. That said, the management finds the hooks useful for hanging make-up cotton wool pads and other strange bits and pieces!
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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by inspiredron on Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:09 pm

The biggest problem is getting the tension of the strings even. As has already been said you have to pull the cords fully out. Then click the roller knob in to lock it. You can now even the cords (take care not to hang yourself). You will find that the cords will move in the rod that drops over the hooks as well as on the roller. It is virtually impossible to get it really even and, 
once you have improved it, it still drifts off

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by Gromit on Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:15 pm

inspiredron wrote:The biggest problem is getting the tension of the strings even. It is virtually impossible to get it really even and, 
once you have improved it, it still drifts off
Spot on Ron. That's one reason we don't bother with it.

I haven't done this, but will if we ever decide to use it . . . 

I'l remove the cassette and take it apart. Then cut all the cords to only about a foot or two longer than the bathroom is wide. Re-attach and re-install the cassette.

Then it should be possible to tension all the cords in almost perfect unison. They should not drift off since there's no longer a whole load of cord wound on the spool, which inevitably pulls tighter, allowing the soggy socks and wet knickers to droop and become deadly traps for the unwary!!  shrugg

Does this make sense? (It does to me!  rolleyes )

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by Mike187 on Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:12 pm

Just a thought, bear in mind that as it was not pointed out at handover of our van, it took me a long while to work out what the piece of wood with two hooks in over the toilet was and its connection with the thing on the wall in the shower! scratch head , could it be possible to shorten the cords to the exact width of the shower/toilet room?

How are the cords fixed in the piece you pull across the room? If they just pass through a hole and knotted could you pull the cord through to the right shorter length and re-knot it to save taking the cassette apart.

Never took much notice of how it's put together, to busy trying to battle through the underwear! 

Similar idea to yours Dave but if I take anything like the cassette apart springs tend to fly in all directions and are a hell of a job to back together and then work again as they should! shrugg

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by Askit on Sat Oct 14, 2017 8:29 am

Mike, I think the flaw in your proposal is that the lines will expand and contract so getting them to the exact length would not be possible. 

I don't think it's a bad solution to dealing with damp towels, etc, we all have them so what would be the alternative when you can't dry them outside?

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Post by Mike187 on Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:04 am

Your probably right Tony, to be honest not had a problem with tensioning and locking it in place with the knob on the side but some people seem to. 
Of course you could remove the cassette and replace it with a piece of wood with hooks on and use an old fashioned clothes line.

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Post by Gromit on Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:14 am

I was only planning to take the cassette apart because the spring retraction mechanism would be permanently wound up very tight if the cords were pulled almost all the way out and then cut off. I had visions of the whole thing exploding!!  Whistle1

Your last suggestion is probably the most sensible I've heard so far Mike. As you say, another pair of hooks where the cassette is currently fixed, and a couple of lengths of cord with loops in each end should do the job perfectly.  up!

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Post by Askit on Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:22 am

Phew   rolleyes 

I had visions of folk trying to get a tumble drier into the shower closet   smiley_to_sleep

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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by Miss DaisyMay on Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:09 pm

we had a similar thingy in our Nuevo...it proved to be very useful once I got the hang of the adjuster to tighten it....hope all is well with your thingy now tho?
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Re: clothes dryer thingy

Post by inspiredron on Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:38 pm

We don't actually have a problem and use it all the time. It only seems to be one of the 5 lines which goes loose.

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