Scout Linda Mentz contacted Gainesville Fire Rescue to inquire if they could use scout made gear dryers. They were excited to work with her to design a PVC system that would work for them. The homemade PVC dryers are thousands of dollars less than their store-bought counterparts; gear dryers are used by fire departments across the country to help stations decrease the risk of cancer by encouraging more frequent suit washing.
The blue buttons below are links to instructions to build both gear dryers.
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Air is pumped through an overhead pipe and down through 1 inch PVC pipe. A wider base is used, and the hanging of the gear is more intuitive.
Air is pumped up through holes in the wooden base and up through 3 inch PVC. A stronger blower and more complex base is used.