DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack & Making My Home Smart - Engineer Mommy
Jun 172016
 

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Is your home smart? Over the last few months, I have been on a mission to add various automation features to every part of my home, from the thermostat to the locks and more! Today, I can’t wait to share with you two of the most recent additions to my home: the Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector by Honeywell and Honeywell’s Lyric™ Thermostat. I can’t wait to tell you all about these products and how they totally give me peace of mind that my house is being monitored every day. I’ll also be sharing a recent DIY project: a Fold-Flat Wall-Mounted Drying Rack. It’s a quick project that serves as the perfect spot to dry towels, kids’ clothing, delicate items and more!

Home ownership is a big responsibility. Ever since we bought a single-family house last year, there have been so many things to keep in mind. Does the lawn need another treatment of weed killer? Does the dryer vent need to be professionally cleaned? Does the furnace air filter need to be replaced? With Honeywell’s Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector, one thing I can be confident about is that my home is being monitored for water leaks or freezing conditions every single day! This device has been a fabulous addition to my home and I can’t wait to share some of the details with you. By the way, if you’re interested in adding smart home features to your home, Honeywell actually has a number of different products to automate the various devices and switches in your home.

Now, are you ready for a sneak peek at the drying rack I made?

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack & Making My Home Smart

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack & Making My Home Smart

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack & Making My Home Smart

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
three (3) 1″x2″ boards 8′ long
three (3) 1/2″ dowel rods 48″ long
about 1 foot metal chain
set of two full-overlay hinges
small screw eyes
1/2″ spade bit
electric drill/driver
2″ construction nails
hammer
stapler
spray paint

This drying rack is composed of two frames: an inner frame (the one with the dowel rods) and an outer frame. First, I cut some pieces of wood to form the inner frame for my drying rack. I cut two 21″ long pieces and two 25″ long pieces. I also cut the dowel rods to form five 20″ long pieces.

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

Next, I used the 1/2″ spade bit on my electric drill to form five 1/2″ holes in each of my 25″ long pieces of wood. Make the holes about 1/2″ to 3/4″ deep. Also, make sure the holes are evenly spaced along the board and that each hole matches up with the corresponding one on the other board. See the picture below for clarification.

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

I inserted the cut dowel rods into the holes I just made. I then used a heavy-duty stapler to secure the joints of the inner frame. This is what it looked like at this point.

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

Now, it’s time to make the cuts for the outer frame. For the outer frame, I cut two 27.75″ long pieces, two 26.25″ long pieces and one 20.75″ long piece from the remaining wood. Using construction nails, I assembled the outer frame. Place the vertical pieces about 1 inch from the ends of the horizontal pieces, as seen in picture below. Use the 20.75″ horizontally at the top of the frame to add a bit more visual interest; this piece will also serve to hold the hooks. See the image below for clarification on how the outer frame comes together.

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

Here are the two frames I built so far. Now, it’s time for my favorite part: painting them. You may choose any colors that complement your home. I spray painted the inner frame white and the outer frame turquoise. I love the way they came out!

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

To make this drying rack fold flat, it’s time to attach some hinges. I attached a set of full-overlay hinges at the bottom of the drying rack.

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

Now, in order to hang this rack on the wall, I also attached some D-ring hooks on the back of the drying rack. Attach them to that 20.75″ piece of wood at the top of the rack.

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

To keep the rack horizontal when drying, I also added about a short length (about 10 inches) of metal chain and secured it to both frames with small screw eyes.

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

All that’s left to do is hang this baby up and dry some clothing on it!

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

It’s perfect for drying towels, delicates, baby clothing, or anything else you don’t want to throw in the dryer.

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

And when it’s not in use, simply fold it up! I love that it has such a low profile!

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack

This drying rack has really made laundry day much easier and prettier! Speaking of improvements to the home, one gadget that we recently installed is the Honeywell Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector by Honeywell. This device lets me remotely monitor my water-related appliances and pipes and could reduce the risks of leaks and frozen pipes. What’s really neat is that this device is Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled, so it easily syncs to the Lyric app on my smartphone and will alert me if it senses potential water leaks or freezing conditions! If it senses any such issues, it will send a mobile warning notification to my phone and it will sound a 100dB siren for those in the home. So whether I’m in my living room, at the park with the kids or in another state on a vacation, I will get notified if the device senses a water leak or freezing temperatures. I love that the Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector by Honeywell offers up to 3 years of AA battery life, so I don’t have to worry about replacing batteries often.

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

The Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector can be placed right on the floor or it can be hung on a wall. It also comes with an optional cord that can be plugged in to extend the sensing ability of the detector. This neat water-sensing cable is four feet long and can actually be extended with extra sensors for up to 500 feet of coverage! Simply place the cable around objects and along floors, cracks, appliances, etc. This provides such a peace of mind and offers the potential for huge savings by immediately notifying me of a potential water leak or freezing conditions.

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

It was so simple to set up the Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector. All I needed to do was insert the batteries and load the Lyric app. The app was able to quickly find the device and get everything synced up in mere minutes. The Lyric app actually guided me through every step with clear instructions. From the Lyric app, I can control my Lyric Water Leak and Freeze device and even control my home’s thermostat (the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat). Keep in mind that it’s recommended to place Honeywell’s Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector in areas that are prone to water leaks: near water heaters, washing machine, dishwashers, toilets, sump pumps and under sinks. This device monitors the temperature and humidity of the air, thereby detecting conditions that can lead to freezing pipes or water leaks. I love that this device doesn’t require a separate hub; it connects directly to the home’s Wi-Fi network!

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

I decided to hang the Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector on a wall in my laundry room. This room has a water heater, the washing machine and plenty of plumbing, so it’s a great spot in my home for this device! If I’m away on vacation and I get a notification that there’s a potential water leak in my home, I can easily call my parents or some neighbors to go to my house and shut off the water to minimize any damage. I love that the Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector is reusable. Even if it senses water, it can still be used again; simply clean it, dry it, replace the batteries, and reset it! Easy peasy!

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

If you’d like to test the Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector, simply place it in shallow water (with the sensors down). Be sure not to pour water over the device or submerge it in water.

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector

In addition to the Lyric Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector, I also recently set up another fabulous Honeywell product: the Honeywell Lyric™ Round Wi-Fi Thermostat. This thermostat is ideal for those of us who are always on-the-go! With the Lyric Thermostat, I can enjoy a comfortable environment when I’m home and fabulous savings when I’m away. And it’s all automatic! Instead of operating on a fixed schedule like other thermostats, the Lyric uses my smartphone location and automatically adjusts the thermostat temperature as I come and go! Isn’t that amazing? This technology is called geofencing and I’m really loving the convenience of this system. By the way, you can totally control the radius around your home for the geofence. If you go outside that radius, the thermostat automatically goes into Away mode, thereby saving you money. If you go inside that radius, the thermostat goes into Home mode, thereby making your space comfortable temperature-wise.

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Installation was remarkably easy, and this was my very first time installing a thermostat! Using the Lyric app, I was able to install it myself in minutes! Note: If you’re not experienced and comfortable doing electrical work in your home, be sure to hire a licensed electrician to do this for you. If you plan on tackling this installation yourself, be sure to follow all applicable safety & code guidelines. This thermostat features an app-based install, so there was no manual involved! Installation involved only four simple steps and the app walked me through each one!

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Here are a few screenshots from my smartphone of various steps in the installation process. As you can see, the app asked me simple questions: Which set temperatures would you like? Which temperature scale do you prefer? Which heating system does your home use? Getting this thermostat all set up was a breeze!

Setting up the Lyric Thermostat

Setting up the Lyric Thermostat

I love how modern and sleek Honeywell Lyric™ Thermostat looks on the wall! Here are a few more fun features that I love about this thermostat! The Smart Cues™ feature delivers notifications to my smartphone, letting me know if it’s time to change a filter or if there are any extreme temperatures. That is convenient, because I always seem to forget when it’s time to replace the furnace filter! The Fine Tune™ feature takes into account both temperature and humidity so that my home always feels as comfortable as possible. Plus, with all the shortcut buttons, I can easily change settings for specific circumstances with just one touch. To learn even more about how this thermostat can make your life easier, check out this video here.

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

All you need to get this set up in your home is a 802.11 b/g/n wireless router and a smartphone or tablet with Android 4.2 and above or iOS 8.4 and above. The Lyric Thermostat is compatible with Apple® HomeKit™ and Samsung® SmartThings™, allowing you to control everything from lights to garage doors. And with Apple® HomeKit™, you can also adjust settings with Siri® voice control! Also, please note that in order to use Apple® HomeKit™, you will need a C-wire. Otherwise, the C-wire is optional.

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Honeywell Lyric Thermostat

Wondering if the Lyric™ Thermostat will work with your current setup? It’s compatible with many common 24-volt systems, including Single Stage Heating and Cooling, Multistage Heating and Cooling, Heating Only or Cooling Only, Furnace (Warm Air), Central Air Conditioning, Heat Pump without Auxiliary Heat, Heat Pump with Auxiliary Heat (Including Dual Fuel), Hot Water, Steam or Gravity and Gas Fireplaces (24 Volts). Keep in mind that the Lyric™ Thermostat will not work with electric baseboard heating systems (120/240V).

Check out this video here to learn more about the Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector. You can pick up the Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector online at the Honeywell site here or The Home Depot site here.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news & promotions from Honeywell, be sure to check them out on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube.

Now, find out how the Lyric™ Wi-Fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector can give you peace of mind and tell me: Is your home smart? Are you planning any home improvement projects this year?







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 June 17, 2016  Posted by

28 Responses to “DIY Fold-Flat Drying Rack & Making My Home Smart”

  1. Really impressive job on the drying rack! I love how discrete it is when it’s folded and not in use.

  2. I have been wanting one of those drying racks for my home so badly!! thanks for the instructions and I love the sound of that gadget. Would be great for when you aren’t at home too.

    • EngineerMommy

      Yes, these products are totally perfect for when I’m not at home. They monitor my home and give me peace of mind. Thanks for visiting, Tammy.

  3. That drying rack you created is really quite smart! I like how its out of the way once you are all done with it. Thanks for the step by step instructions and pictures–even I can follow along!

  4. Congrats on being a new home owner. Very smart idea to be frugal with your energy cost. The drying rack is a very smart idea.

  5. That’s an awesome drying rack. I think I might consider making one for my laundry room. I love this idea. I too want a smart house. What a cool thermostat!

  6. I love the idea of controlling my home temperature wit my phone! This really is a great addition to all homes

  7. This drying rack is such a great idea. I need to make one to dry our swimsuits. We use the pool or go to the beach several times a week.

  8. It amazes em how much technology can help to prevent damage to our homes! This sounds like a great way to detect any leaks before the damage gets bad.

  9. That flat drying rack is GREAT! I am not handy but would love that in my laundry room :) We recently bought the Nest which is similar to the thermostat that you mentioned and it has helped lower our electric bill :)

  10. Congrats on your home! I am not a crafty person at all, so I love how easy you made the steps to my the drying rack.

    • EngineerMommy

      Thanks, Jen! It’s totally fun to make something functional that you can customize to your liking!

  11. That drying rack is really cool. I love these products you feature as well. Got to get some in my home.

  12. I love the drying rack idea, and I totally need this leak detector. Years ago I had a hot water heater that rusted out the bottom and made a huge mess.

  13. I am going to have to make this DIY fold flat drying rack for sure. It is an awesome handy tool to make. These Honeywell devices I will have to look into too. They are indeed awesome and could really ease the mind. Thanks for sharing these amazing items.

  14. This is so awesome! I can definitely use one for my drying room. So convenient!

  15. i could use this drying rack ! It’s a very fun DIY and very useful project!

  16. Now this sounds like an interesting idea!! I don’t dry many clothes outside of my dryer but this does look like a great idea!!

  17. Love the DIY drying rack project… I’ll have to give this a try, I love doing DIY projects! thanks for sharing : )

  18. Omg this drying rack is just awesome!!!! I need to make one for my laundry room. Perfect for summer pool clothes too!

  19. What an ingenious idea! I’ve been trying to convince my husband to take on more projects around that house (outside of the garage, lol!) so this is a great starter for him! Thank you for sharing! :)

  20. Congrats on being a homeowner! I love that DIY project and I never would have thought to get those products for my house. Def a smart way to go!

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