Unfortunately, it happens that a washing machine fails and cannot be repaired. However, do not rush to throw it in the trash as a whole - for some elements you can give a second life.
Today we will talk about what is useful can be done from the old drum.
Options for creating interior elements
Your washing machine, or rather, a stainless steel tank can be a real decoration of the interior . To do this, just show a little imagination and spend a little time.
The homemade little table looks very stylish - the dense perforated steel, especially decorated with lighting, looks really impressive, expensive and perfectly complements the hi-tech decoration. To build such a table is not difficult at all - you will need 3-4 metal rods that should be welded to the CMA drum, and a tabletop made of glass, epoxy resin or MDF is attached to them.
With certain skills, quite interesting poufs can be made from the drum. To do this, you need to take a pillow, and then cut out a rectangle of the appropriate size from the wood slab, then use the furniture stapler to fix the pillow on a wooden blank.
To the outer wall of the drum and chipboard, you need to fix half of the card loop. All that remains after this is just to cover the surface of the tank with bright paint, and the unusual ottoman with a folding seat is ready. By the way, inside you can store small toys and small things.
In order to change the interior of a children's room or living room, you can make a homemade lamp or floor lamp, the work includes several stages.
- Take any non-combustible and non-conductive current material (ebonite, textolite) and cut from it a circle two times smaller than the diameter of the old drum.
- Insert the cartridge into the hole prepared in advance and fix the circle on the back of the drum. The wire must be brought out.
- Screw the hooks into the ceiling hole , attach strong cables to them , on which you can then hang the entire structure.
- After this, it remains only to connect the wire from the lamp to the terminals of the cartridge and screw in the bulb.
In order to make the light more subdued, multi-colored material can be glued to the inner walls of the drum.
Ideas for a summer cottage
If you have a summer house or a personal plot, then you can make your own hands quite interesting and unusual elements for landscape design, devices for caring for planting and chores.
The old drum can always be used to clean fruits and vegetables grown on their own beds. For this, the tank is placed above the sewage pit, the harvest is laid and watered from above with a hose. All dirty water will flow out through the holes by gravity. In fact, this design works like a colander in the kitchen, but it is much larger and allows you to wash a large number of vegetables and fruits at a time.
Many summer residents use the old tank from washing equipment as a growth restriction for fruit and ornamental shrubs, as well as to protect the roots of ornamental crops from pests - all excess moisture will go through the perforated holes, while no rodent can pass through the steel shield.
Flowerpots from the CMA drum look quite interesting ; to give them a more decorative look, they are laid out with fragments of a clay pot or ceramic tile.
You can also get a good windmill from the SMA tank , which will become a source of alternative energy.
Of course, such a design will not be able to power the whole house, but in order to charge the gadget, it will be quite enough.
How to make a hearth, a smokehouse and barbecue?
For lovers of fried meat and fish, you can advise making braziers, barbecue, oven, grill or roasting pan from an old tank .
The drum is usually made of high-quality and especially durable stainless steel, so it is able to withstand heat and is suitable for igniting a fire. You will need a few metal rods, a welding machine and 20-30 minutes of work. If desired, the support block of the structure can be made collapsible - in this case, you can take the grill with you on outing picnics and on trips.
For the manufacture of brazier, it is best to take a drum from the CMA with a vertical type load. In this case, you will have to cut one of the sides of the case with a grinder, and from the bottom equip a stable support.
If you wish, you can always make a small mobile smokehouse , which is suitable for cooking juicy and tasty meat or fish. It is better to plug the side openings of the tank by wrapping the container with a thin metal sheet - this will prevent smoke from leaving the tank. As expected in the smokehouse, above you need to make holes for the chimney, and inside the home-made device you need to fix the grate, the one that is taken from the old stove will fit.
Create useful devices
A spacious sterilizer for preservation can be built from the CMA tank . To this end, it is necessary to put small plugs on the activator's holes, fix the wire mesh at the bottom, attach a support and drill a hole for the electric boiler. This device allows you to sterilize up to 10 cans of fruit and vegetable spins at the same time, for the processing of meat products its temperature indicators will not be enough.
Apple juice lovers can quickly and easily make a juicer . For this, it’s best to take an old SMA with a centrifuge and a washing unit, such as OKA. In this case, the activator must be replaced with steel knives. The mechanism of operation of such a product is simple: the fruits are washed in small portions and poured into the tank with the knives for grinding turned on, and after 20-25 minutes, the whole processed mass is transferred to a centrifuge, which will squeeze the juice.
The SMA tank is suitable for the manufacture of a pick-up machine. To do this, insert lateral rubber fingers in lateral holes in increments of 3-5 cm. The lower disk is attached to the drive shaft, the drain hole must not be plugged - it will be used to remove water.
If you cut out a part of the tank with the door, you get a stylish marine porthole that will look creative in the bathhouse.
And if you have a dog, then with such a “window” you can decorate a pet booth. In addition to the stylish appearance, such a device will perform a practical function - if necessary, you can always isolate the yard guard from guests, as well as protect the animal from rain and frost. Just do not forget to drill ventilation holes in the circuit, as the SMA hatch is airtight.
A grape press, hay cutter and wax burner are also items that can be made from an old drum of a washing machine.
Next, see how to make a barbecue out of the drum of a washing machine.