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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorWeeBeastie
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2020
    I'm thinking about the possibility of a 'shed' to dry my washing on days when the weather is not conducive. Not much space for a rack in my small house and of course the moisture is an issue.

    Any ideas how this would work? I'm not thinking of a slatted structure which only provides shelter from the rain, but an enclosed 'shed' which might have a dehumidifier or heated clothes rack. It this feasible and something that could be built quite cheaply?

    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2020
    just leave door and window open

    washing lines work 50+ years using them
    • CommentAuthorWeeBeastie
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2020
    I use the washing line when I can but in the winter months it never comes in dry and I end up having to finish it off with the dehumidifier, or as last resort, the radiators. So it still ends up in the house where I struggle to find space for it.

    Looking for a low-tech, low cost solution that gets it out of the house, for days when it's raining, or to complete the drying. I dislike tumble dryers.
    • CommentAuthorsam_cat
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2020
    Washing line under a verandah here, south-west facing. Perfect for those slightly 'iffy' days.

    Replaced the plastic panels on the verandah roof with Solar panels a few years back, double whammy!
    • CommentAuthordickster
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2020
    Although it uses leccy, maybe a large electric fan would help on days like today, no wind, misty? Better than enclosed space with dehumidifier?
    • CommentAuthorJeff B
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2020
    Maybe something like this:


    with a dehumidifier. When it is raining we put washing on a clothes horse on the landing, close all the doors to create a "room" and run a dehumidifier - works a treat. Bit of a faff carrying wet washing upstairs but much cheaper/greener than using a tumble drier.

    When dry outside we always use the rotary line.
    how about getting a (small) second hand greenhouse - It could give double use - winter salad below, washing above
    • CommentAuthorWeeBeastie
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2020
    Thanks for suggestions. I like the idea of a small greenhouse. Would work well on a day of sun+showers.

    At the moment I'm using a dehumidifier in the tiny back porch but then can't get out the back door!

    Roll on better weather to get more use of the outdoor line. A treat after moving from a flat to a house.
    Small polytunnel?
    Corrugated iron shed/carport?
    Any old leaky structure that has a reasonably sound roof but lets the wind whistle through the sides works fine.
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2020
    I have a smallholding and have slatted sided cowsheds (no cattle) and we have tried drying in there but it only partially dries, the stronger the wind the better. Issue is if it is wet outside then the air is of a high humidity and will only dry out laundry to that humidity level. Laundry then ends up in the tumble dryer anyway to finish off. The moisture needs to evaporate off the laundry and the wetter the drying air the longer it takes. We square the circle by justifying using the dryer when we have to, as the residual heat goes into the utility room and being well insulated the heat is retained in the building. Also have a polytunnel and that is no better as floor gets damp from rain getting under the sides temperature may be higher but then the RH goes up anyway.
    What's the issue of tumble driers particularly say condensing? At least the heat is going into the house as opposed to a vented one
    Posted By: VictorianecoWhat's the issue of tumble driers particularly say condensing? At least the heat is going into the house as opposed to a vented one

    They reduce the lifespan of whatever goes in them.

    I read recently that heated drying racks use less elec per load than tumble dryers or dehumidifiers, though of course they don't capture the moisture released.
    • CommentAuthorMikC
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2020
    I partially dry my washing in my shed during winter. It'll take 3 days to loose about 80% moisture at a guess, but this is very much dependent on the ambient RH and wind. The washing is then finished off in a tumble dryer , usually about 10mins heat and 10mins cold will do the job. Some heavy items take longer. My shed is more of a barn (9x14x3.6m) with plenty of air flow, and the airflow is critical to drying.
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2020
    It's very rare that it rains continuously for long enough to prevent drying outside for a few hours at least. We finish them off indoors on a rack, which dries well with MVHR.
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2020
    Washing line under a car port?
    • CommentAuthorCWatters
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2020 edited
    Posted By: djhIt's very rare that it rains continuously for long enough to prevent drying outside for a few hours at least. We finish them off indoors on a rack, which dries well with MVHR.


    We have MVHR and at this time of year clothes dry overnight.
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