Monthly Archives: July 2013

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Don’t throw those dryer sheets away! They’re great for dog hair!

Do you get excited about repurposing something you have already used for its original purpose and finding a totally new use for it before it meets the trash? I love doing this and I wanted to share with you one of my repurposing ideas for used dryer sheets! We have 3 very hairy fur babies and keeping up with shedding fur especially in the summer is a challenge! No matter how much you brush, fur-minate and bath the “tumble fur” abounds. So here’s my helpful hint for everyday pick up on hard surface floors. With 3 pups the need to remove “tumble fur” occurs daily! One fast way to get at it of course is to use a sweeper and dry sweeper pads, but if you need to use 3 and 4 of these a day for one room, this really adds up quickly to a lot of money and a lot of waste. You can only use these once, at least that’s how it is at our house, and then the trash is a must! But wait there is another way that works almost as well and totally adds new life to another wise discarded item! So here’s how it works: I save the used dryer sheets and when its time to gather up the fur and dirt on my kitchen floor, I take 2 used dryer sheets place them over lapping and crosswise over the face of the sweeper and attach in the usual way as if I was using a dry sweeper pad made for the sweeper!

2 Dryer sheets ready to be attracted to sweeper

2 Dryer sheets ready to be attracted to sweeper

Attaching first dryer sheet

Attaching first dryer sheet

 

 

This is better for the environment, saves money and for everyday use fits the bill! I discard them in the usual way and never feel guilty that I needed to use so many just to get the floor de-furred. I discovered this one day when I had run out of dry sweeper pads and looked around to see if there was some thing else I could use and low and behold drier sheets looked very much like the sweeper pads and it had always bothered me that all you could do was throw these clean perfectly good dryer sheets away. I have included pictures so you can see how it’s done and the results. It always feels good to be a little frugal and slightly ahead of the fur tide!

Securing dryer sheets

Securing dryer sheets

Attaching 2nd dryer sheets

Attaching 2nd dryer sheets

 

 

 

 

Ready-to-Go

Ready-to-Go

In Action

In Action

At Work!

At Work!

Well Done!

Well Done!

In the Trash you go!

In the Trash you go!

3 Problems You Can’t Overlook When Choosing a Dog Walk

We had a unique opportunity to really compare the EMMCO SPORT Dog Walk, side-by-side in our shop, with another manufacturer’s product while working on a refurbish project for one of our customers and we were struck by what we found and thought it would be helpful to share our findings with you.

 

Dog Walk Comparison

Dog Walk Comparison

The main problems we found where:

  • Significant flexing
  • Exaggerated twisting
  • Unwanted bounce and movement

We found that some manufacturers use bleacher planks as the basis of their construction. This may seem like a good approach until you realize that bleachers are made to be supported at regular intervals and not made to be unsupported for a 12′ span (the normal length of a dog walk plank). The width of a bleacher plank is also on the narrow side. The product we saw was only 11 1/4″ wide. In competition grade equipment the planks should be closer to 12″ wide. A wider plank on the bleacher structures would only have provided even more instability.

EMMCO SPORT Dog Walk Plank

EMMCO SPORT Dog Walk Plank

Our products are manufactured from scratch and we use strong tubular aluminum to create the supportive structure and then apply aluminum sheet metal followed by fully rubberizing the contact surface. This really makes a difference! In the video, you will see for yourself the dramatic contrast. The difference boils down to one word stability. Please take a look at the video and decide for yourself. Information is key!

Click below to view the video:

Dog Walk comparison and feature characteristics – Medium

If you have any questions, please let us know. Run Happy!!!