Hair Drier Blast from Vacuum Cleaner (Jan, 1933)

Hair Drier Blast from Vacuum Cleaner

FOR a cost of less than $1.00, a very satisfactory hair-drying attachment may be constructed for use in the home. Results obtained from the device are very commendable and entirely worth he cost and effort of construction.

The following materials are needed: a tin can (put together with seams) at least 5 in. high and 3 in. in diameter with a press-in cover; two small tin pie plates 6 in. in diameter; a porcelain bushing with 3/8″ hole; a porcelain screw ring sign receptacle; separable cord plug cap; C feet of No. 16 heater cord; 660-watt cone type heater element; one piece of iron tubing 1-1/4″ in diameter and 10″ long; eight No. 4-40 R. H. machine screws 5/16″ long and three No. 4-40 R. H. machine screws 3/8″ long. Proceed with construction details as shown in diagrams above. A coat of gilt or aluminum radiator paint will give the completed article a nice appearance.

To use the device, disconnect the dust bag from the sweeper and in its stead connect the flexible attachment hose furnished with the cleaner to the blower. Attach the drier to the other end of the hose by pushing the tube into the hose. Connect drier and sweeper to the circuit. The cold air from the sweeper blower will pass along the hot coils of the heating element where it is heated, resulting in a hot blast excellent for drying purposes. To cut down on the noise and to control the blast, the sweeper is set on a cushion with one end of the intake projecting over the edge of the cushion in such a position as to obtain the desired strength of blast.

  1. Jaber says: April 12, 201012:16 am

    “Oh, darling, what is that scent your wearing tonight?”
    “Dust & burnt hair”

  2. Toronto says: April 12, 20101:48 pm

    Those conical ceramic-and-nichrome heaters were dangerous even when used far away from hair, etc. At least that one was “only” 6A.

    The use of the cushion is clever. (All bets off if the Kirby has a beater bar.)

  3. Sillybunt says: April 14, 20109:36 pm

    As pointed out, the elements get hot enough to burn things. What isn’t pointed out is that some dusts that the house vacuum might be used to clean up are highly flammable. A spill of plaster dust wouldn’t be too dangerous but flour, corn starch or powdered sugar might turn the hairdryer into a flame thrower. {Old ‘after dinner science books used to demonstrate how flammable corn starch is by filling a straw with corn starch and blowing it at a lit candle. I don’t recommend it unless you have a few fire extinguishers handy in case something else gets lit.}

    A fine mesh metal screen would minimize that.

  4. jayessell says: April 15, 20107:31 am

    Blast from the Past!


    I thought Burt Reynolds was slightly injured in a flour dust fire on the set of ‘Evening Shade’ in the 1990s.

    (The Googles! They do nothing!)

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