We show you how to build a basic drying rack for your hockey equipment.Skip to Laundry Video
You can build a complex structure, or just a basic frame drying rack for your youth hockey gear.
Get about 20 to 25 feet of 1-inch or 3/4" PVC, several corner and cap pieces at your local hardware store.
Estimated total cost: $40 to $50
Tools: Power saw or hacksaw, safety glasses, parent/guardian. Safety first! Note: PVC particles make a mess when you saw, so plan to cut in a spot that you can easily clean up.
After you've cut your PVC into the sizes you need (see diagram), build the floor frame/base with 90o corners and T-shaped pieces. Twist the vertical bar pieces to point up from the ground to begin building vertically.
You'll want at least two bars connecting the left and right side to stabilize the structure. You can then build smaller arms off of sections to create more spots to hang things on.
Cap any open ends so that you don't have rough cut edges touching the fabric of your equipment. You can also use L or T pieces for custom arm extensions on your rack. A wider cap like a "T" piece tends to work well for hanging a helmet on, etc.
You should now be able to hang an entire set of youth-sized gear on your new rack. The PVC should come apart with a little force, so you can always reconfigure how your rack is setup, too.
Take your gear out of your bag as soon as you get home, and hang it up to dry. Consider spraying a scented disinfectant (like Lysol, etc) to help kill any bacteria and reduce odors. Your gear should be dry in under 8 hours when hanging up in a cool dry space. If you need things to dry faster, place a small fan nearby to help improve circulation of air.
If needed, much of your gear can be machine washed and air (or machine-tumbled) dry. Check your tags or the manufacturer's website for details before running your gear through the wash.