Making And Mounting A Hair Dryer Caddy Making And Mounting A Hair Dryer Caddy

What You'll Need
Drill with a 1/4-inch bit, a 1/8-inch bit, and a #2 driving bit
Saw
Awl or long 12d nail
Crescent wrench

Making a hair dryer caddy is easy enough to do, and will save your bathroom countertops from being singed. This sort of a caddy is basically a holster that you can place your dryer in for safe storage.

Design

The first thing to do is to draw up a plan based on the hair dryer(s) that you want to wall mount. Most are less than 3 inches in diameter, so making the caddy out of easily available materials is fairly easy to do with just a trip or two to the local hardware store.

Materials for Caddy

  • A wooden plaque. These come in a variety of designs that are ready to be stained or painted.
  • A slip joint of 3 inches or larger. Black piping (abs) is better than the white (pvc). These are also called coupling joints. These are about 4 to 5 inches long, and can be found in the plumbing section.
  • 1 1/8 inch round headed bolt, nut and two washers. Using a 1/4- or 3/16-wide bolt will be sufficient to hold up even the heaviest of hair dryers.
  • Stain or paint
  • Wall mounting screws. These can be found in kits, with everything that you need to attach the caddy to the wall.
  • Liquid bolt locking compound or super glue

Construction

  1. Drill a 1/4-inch hole into one side of the coupling joint section.
  2. Drill a 1/4-inch hole into the center of your wooden plaque. If you are going to make a caddy for more than one dryer, you may need get a larger plaque.
  3. Insert the bolt through the hole in the coupling joint from the inside. The round bolt head shout fit snugly up to the interior curve.
  4. Drill two 1/8-inch holes on the far right and left of the plaque. These are the holes you will use for the wall attachment screws.
  5. Stain or paint your wooden plaque, and finish with a clear gloss. This must then be allowed to dry completely for at least 24 hours.
  6. Place the plaque onto the wall where you want the caddy, and mark through the three drilled holes with a nail or awl.
  7. Drill out the attachment holes according to the instructions on your particular wall mounting kit. These vary by brand.
  8. Drill a 1/4-hole into the center hole. This is not used for attachment, but to allow clearance for the coupling bolt.
  9. Place the coupling joint bolt through the center hole in the plaque, and tighten the nut on the backside with a crescent wrench. It is a good idea to use a locking compound or super glue to keep the nut from working loose over time.
  10. Install any necessary wall plugs that came with the attachment kit, and then screw the plaque to the wall.

Safety Tip

Don't start the blow dryer while it is still in the caddy.

 

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