HOWTO: Create a Climbing Rope Washer
Get the crud off your ropes
One of my biggest climbing challenges off the rock is cleaning my rope. Between the oxidation off carabiners and the rope being spooled into the dirt for belays it has grown a filth over the years that covers my hands with just a few minutes use. I've tried a couple techniques like using 5-gallon buckets of water, putting the rope inside pillow cases in the washing machine, and just trying to not use it too much. Nothing really works though and I was mentioning it to friends when one suggested "they make a device that attaches to a garden hose and washes it that way." So I decided to make my own. I made two of these washers for less than $8 in parts (not counting the glue which I had anyway.)
List of parts:
- (1) PVC pipe T, I used 1.25" with a .75" top (where the hose attachment will go).
- (1) 6" sprinkler riser, with a .75" outside diameter.
- (2) PVC end caps, 1.25"
- (1) garden hose adaptor
- PVC pipe cement
The order of assembly is less important than actually getting all the pieces together, so if you don't want to follow this order exactly don't worry too much about it.
|Steps to Create a Rope Washer|
|First I had to assemble my materials. The clamp is there to help hold the riser pipe in place while I drilled. Besides the parts list above you will need a drill, a small drill bit, and a flat, spade drill bit..|
|Drill the center of the end caps. I used a 7/8" spade bit.|
|Drill multiple holes in the riser pipe, using a very small bit (I believe mine was 1/16"). Since I wanted my water flowing in one direction I started the hole verically then angled them all towards one direction. You will need to drill many holes to get good water flow, as well as having them run around the pipe (not all in a single row). I would drill a few holes, rotate the pipe a few degrees, then drill more holes.|
|Glue the drilled end-caps into the pipe T.|
|Glue the hose adaptor into the top of the pipe T.|
|Glue the riser pipe into the center of the drilled caps. Since my spade bit tended to make a hole bigger than I needed I just smeared extra glue around the hole to seal it up.|
|After letting the system dry overnight I attached to my garden hose.|
|Now just turn on the water. Note that due to having drilled my holes in the riser pipe directionally all of the water comes out one end of the cleaner tool. When washing my rope I simply feed the rope into that side and the dirt gets washed off the outside, with the clean end of the rope feeding out the other end.|
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