Up and Down - Laundry Dump and Feeder
Feeder and laundry shaft can make life pleasant. The installation is different consuming - it is worthwhile on many floors.
Constantly running stairs can be troublesome if the apartment extends over several floors or the laundry room is in the basement. How nice would there be a laundry shaft or food lift?
Differences between lift and shaft
The laundry shaft is a pure drop-off system, so the system only works downwards. In the upper floor, a flap is embedded in the wall or a top-mounted attachment is provided with a closure. In secret, a pipe leads vertically down into the target area. The dirty laundry ends up there alone by gravity.
From a technical point of view, a food lift is a small-goods elevator. He also transports from the bottom to the top. In the shaft is either a horizontal platform or a box, which is moved by motor power up or down. This system brings dirty laundry to the basement to the washing machine and clean laundry to the upper floor.
The lift is not necessarily superior to the manhole. It is more expensive to install, incurs ongoing costs and does not only offer advantages over the shaft. Both systems have the advantage that no containers for dirty laundry in the upper floors are needed. Even "forgotten" garments can be easily transported to the washing machine.
The shaft saves many stairways with brimful baskets full of dirty laundry. The low price and the simple installation, which is often also possible later on, speak in favor of the system. The operation is much easier than the lift. The inserted garments automatically slide down. There is no need to empty before the next throw in.
There is only a limited space in the dumbwaiter where things can be transported. It must be filled on one floor and emptied in the other. Only when he is back on the upper floor, it is possible to fill another load. In everyday life, the lift will rarely be on the floor where it is needed. So it is time to wait until it arrives and hope that it has already been emptied in the basement.
This is to be considered in the laundry shaft
When planning, it must be taken into account that the throw-in must be easily accessible for all residents. An access in the master bedroom certainly does not make sense, because anyone who wants to throw dirty laundry, must enter this room. Ideal are the bathroom or the corridor. As the laundry falls almost vertically down, one should remember to include a space for the washing machine near the shaft.
Since the pipes are a direct link between the basement and the rest of the rooms, it makes sense to have one Have sound insulation and close tightly. Otherwise, the sounds of the washing machine can be heard throughout the house and it comes to the passage.
For detached houses rich shaft pipes with a diameter of 25 centimeters. Shafts with a diameter of 30 centimeters offer little additional comfort, as even in these models large parts such as down jackets do not fit in.
For a shaft with a diameter of 30 centimeters, ceiling openings of 40 to 40 centimeters are required. Through these openings, the manhole pipes can be easily installed and also attach branches, so that a throw is possible on each floor.
Finished systems cost depending on the length of 800 to 2,500 euros and are equipped with lockable flaps, so no infants crawl into the shafts can. Most of the work can be done by a DIY enthusiast. Since the ceiling openings often require heavy equipment, a craftsman should help.
The installation of the feed lift is in the hands of a professional
When planning is about the same to be considered as the laundry shaft. But lateral branches are not possible, that is, the removal of the charge is only possible at vertically superimposed points.
For a so-called micro-lift a vertical continuous shaft is required. This must extend beyond the highest unloading point and below the lowest to accommodate the required technology. Furthermore, an engine must be obstructed and different safety systems must be taken into account. The door should only open when the cab is in the correct position. A fall protection must be present. In addition, numerous rules on the maximum forces that may be exercised by a closing door to observe. These lifts usually have to be checked regularly by the TÜV.
It has to be considered that an electric motor exerts a force in a feed elevator. Therefore, there is a possibility that serious accidents happen when body parts get between the car or the platform and the shaft wall. For this reason, the legislature has issued regulations, even if the lift is intended only for the transport of laundry.
The cost varies greatly depending on the system. Per floor is to be expected with 10,000 euros and more and in addition with an annual maintenance of 1,000 euros.
The installation of a laundry shaft is almost always worthwhile and can usually be implemented well. The laundry automatically falls through the shaft into the basement. However, this way to fill the washing machine or to hang the laundry anyway required.
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