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« on: March 30, 2005 09:41:58 AM »

This laundry shoot has come in sooo handy for me and my husband.  I got the idea from my grandparents five story house in the marina of San Francisco.  As a kid we used to send stuff down from the penthouse to the 1st floor.  My husband & I only have a modest 1 srory bungalow, and our laundry is in the center of the basement.  So instead of throwing our laundry down the stairs and enlessly picking up piles, we now have a direct route. ... and its still fun to watch things go down!
1. cut hole in wood floor... I drilled a large hole first with a drill bit, then stuck the jigsaw bit into the hole and continued to cut a rectangle.
2. Use metal flashing (for roofing, sold at home depot or lowe's) to mold to edge of wood, nail in as you go all the way around.  Cut when you overlap a little.  Be sure to go back and smooth out any pieces that your clothes might get caught on with a hammer.
3.  Now I finished mine at the end of step 2, but I would like to do one more thing to ours, and that is to create a door.  Basically cut out a piece of wood that is just slightly larger than the rectangle of the shoot.  Line the edges with metal flashing (for a co-ordinating look!), nail it down with little nails.  Attach 2 hinges to top and then to back of shoot, then a nice nob to top of door for opening.  Sorry I don't have a picture for this step, haven't gotten around to it yet.
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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2005 10:19:45 AM »

what an impressive thing to tackle! My parents are in the process of building a house that has a laundry shoot, but we won't have to cut through the wood on the floor, because it will be built around it. How in the world did you build up the courage to cut through your wood floor? I love muscle-ey 'Crafts' that people post on here. Like Welding and such. ;p Good Job!
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2005 07:19:59 PM »

Good idea. I hate lugging laundry up and down stairs. Unfortunately I live downstairs and have to go upstairs to do laundry.

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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2005 07:25:31 PM »

My parents had one when I was growing up as well!  Now I am totally jealous and just turned to my boyfriend & said, "Honey!! We NEED to cut a hole in our floor!"  I got a funny look.  Tee hee!

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« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2005 07:31:40 PM »

I love these things.  instead of a door you have to bend down to open, what about a bottom-less laundry basket? (i mean hamper)
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2005 04:33:02 AM »

I love these things.  instead of a door you have to bend down to open, what about a bottom-less laundry basket?

omigod, that is an AWESOME idea!  How fun!

My fam had a laundry chute too - it was great!  (Especially since, at the time, I tossed my laundry down, and it magically appeared, clean again, back in my room!   Wink
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2005 05:30:20 PM »

What A Great Convenience!  I once lived in a house that had a laundry chute cut into the bottom of a bathroom cabinet.  Sooo handy--but I had to be sure to keep a basket full of clothes under it because my daughter decided it was a great way to get the puppy downstairs without carrying him!
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2005 09:50:36 PM »

haha my family has a laundry shute but it kind of goes from my parents room to the basement... and that isnt where our laundry machines are... its really odd.  Tongue

 I remember when I was little our one of our kitchen cabenets would open up and revieled a big hole in the floor above the  laundry room  on the next floor down.  It was really fun because we would sit on the ground, aim, and throw the laundry directly from the kitchen into the laundry machine Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2005 11:39:08 PM »

my house has a laundry shoot too. I know the feeling of the laundry magically disapearring and then reappearing clean in the room lol. it is so convenient. ours goes from the top floor to the main floor to the basement. One time when i had friends over they tried to go down there but i told them they wouldnt make it because it was so narrow lol. thanks for the post it made me think of home and awesome job!

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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2005 08:38:41 PM »

aww this brings back childhood memories!  We had a Laundry shoot at my house when i was little, it was built into the wall (we lived in a split level kind of house) and it had a cute little door, and we would, to, play with it contantly (my brothers and I) we'd like talk through it and throw our stuffed animals down in, and more then once they would get stuck and mom had to bust out the broom... ah.... memories....

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