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Hi, we are fitting out a boot room at our chalet and would like wall mounted boot dryers and also ski racks. Have looked on internet but haven't found much, we are based (when in the Alps) in Samoens, there is probably a shop in Annemasse/Cluses/Sallanches that sells such things, could someone kindly recommend either a shop or a brand that we can find on the internet? Thanks.
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@Minnie, These are probably expensive, but might give you some ideas:

http://www.skiequipmentuk.co.uk/shop/chalet-ski-boot-dryers/multi-purpose-drying-systems/
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Thanks, they are on the pricey side but probably very good quality...
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@Minnie, Koralp sell online to individuals here: http://www.koralp.com/en/home/

And their commercial stuff is here: http://www.koralp.com/en
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This is what we use in our chalet. Very well made.
http://www.skibox.info/products/home-and-family-solutions
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Not sure how fancy you want your ski rack to be, but i use these (or similar) at home

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=angle+brackets&sa=X&biw=360&bih=616&tbs=vw:l,ss:9&tbm=shop&prmd=sivn&srpd=15488165786296603168&prds=num:1,of:1,paur:ClkAsKraX4ZGPHYv0YTmIL_6RnWy5YKqgYjUCXsRiNdZZrPKEaTgh7ovAegHB_SbRMTrxs5URvZzdxYTheewIglqK4J3tpJ79kY2G-56f95NpYldajDno_Cn1xIZAFPVH71cjFImaVcMSPWg3iD61pbTUeJUDQ&ved=0ahUKEwjl_pbNlb3PAhVlJ8AKHXx8DTkQgjYIqAQwFA


Sorry for the long link

Skis sit nicely against the wall, one either side of ski, toe binding sits on bracket and the hole allows you to run a cable lock through.
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We have one of these being installed this week.

http://www.laboutiqueduski.com/en/energy-saving-warm-air-dryer/1-ski-boot-dryer-energy-saving-2-pairs-vertical.html

Really nicely made and professional looking kit.
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Thanks all for the great suggestions, that's give me lots of ideas including a very cheap options for ski racks!
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Bit of a rubbish picture but you can see how mine hang up with the cheap option (could make it much neater with a bit of effort!)
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Thanks v much, I couldn't really visualise it before. The ski racks online are very posh but several hundred euros, this looks like a better option. I would rather fork out for the boot dryers!
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@Minnie, give me a bed for a few nights and I'll come and build you a ski rack out of nice wood and stuff Madeye-Smiley

If you're nice I'll do some name plates on the CNC machine (or laser engraver - you choose) before I come Very Happy
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We have one of these being installed this week.

http://www.laboutiqueduski.com/en/energy-saving-warm-air-dryer/1-ski-boot-dryer-energy-saving-2-pairs-vertical.html

Really nicely made and professional looking kit.


@bar shaker, We are thinking of getting these boot dryers that you had installed a couple of years ago. Any feedback and are you happy with them?
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Any electrical people on here? The only power we have in our cave is the light fitting. Could these be powered off that?
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@Jonny996, not a sparky but have played with French wiring a bit.

As it stands, probably not, cable too light and breaker probs inadequate.

But... probably easy enough to

Replace existing light cable with appropriate heavier duty cable
Add new breaker in existing board and connect new cable
Install secondary distribution box in cave
Reconnect light to that
Add sockets, lights and karaoke machines as required
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@Jonny996, Those La Boutique du Ski dryers are only about 100 watts. Might be worth a try.

I have a 4 or 5 pair (can't remember) one in my cave and it's really just a gentle fan and even gentler heat, but it does the job overnight. I have a socket in my cave so I run the dryer and a freezer off that, with an adapter plug.
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Ozboy wrote:
bar shaker wrote:
We have one of these being installed this week.

http://www.laboutiqueduski.com/en/energy-saving-warm-air-dryer/1-ski-boot-dryer-energy-saving-2-pairs-vertical.html

Really nicely made and professional looking kit.


@bar shaker, We are thinking of getting these boot dryers that you had installed a couple of years ago. Any feedback and are you happy with them?


We are really happy with it. The boots are dry in under an hour and they don't get more than 'warm', so the liners don't deform.

As others have said, the power consumption is very low and I think a lighting supply would easily run it with plenty spare. As the French use radial supplies (not ring mains), you could look at the rating of the RCD on the fuse board.

Ours is just inside the front door.

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@bar shaker, thanks for confirming. I’ve contacted the company via their website and not yet heard back. They are going to go in a dedicated wooden ski locker that is about 75 x 75 Cm square and 2m talk. There is already a Power point and hoping there is space for 8 pairs of boots. Happy to keep skiis separately in the garage if boots take up all the space.
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I went to B&Q and bought some cheap metal bars and matching 90 Deg metal brackets. They were in the roofing section. I bolted them together in a 'U' shape and then covered them with pipe lagging. The top and of the 90 Deg brackets were then screwed to the joists of the garage. Probably cost me all of about £20. It did sag a bit in the middle and I had planned on adding another 90 Deg bracket but ended up using a couple of nylon straps. It currently has 9 pairs of skis on it.
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Jonny996 wrote:
Any electrical people on here? The only power we have in our cave is the light fitting. Could these be powered off that?


It would depend on the maximum current draw but it is unlikely as lighting circuits (in the UK) are normally wired in 1.5mm twin and earth while power circuits are 2.5mm T&E. The maximum safe current draw on 1.5mm is around 13 amps (this figure can vary on length of run and where it is ran) but this would be on the whole run. If there are multiple fittings on the run then you'd need to consider this.

Personally I would not consider attempting to power anything other than lights from a lighting circuit. The fire risk is simply too great.
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Jonny996 wrote:
Any electrical people on here? The only power we have in our cave is the light fitting. Could these be powered off that?


It would depend on the maximum current draw but it is unlikely as lighting circuits (in the UK) are normally wired in 1.5mm twin and earth while power circuits are 2.5mm T&E. The maximum safe current draw on 1.5mm is around 13 amps (this figure can vary on length of run and where it is ran) but this would be on the whole run. If there are multiple fittings on the run then you'd need to consider this.

Personally I would not consider attempting to power anything other than lights from a lighting circuit. The fire risk is simply too great.


All of that is UK based advise, which simply doesn't apply at all to France.

As said above, the French use radial wiring, not ring mains. Every socket and every lighting supply has it's own feed, direct from the CCB. My suggestion was to check the rating of the RCD for the cave lighting.

A minimal lighting supply will have a 6amp RCD (the lowest the French use) giving 1320w (at 220v). The maximum draw of the boot dryer is 100w, or 0.5 amps. I suspect that Jonny996 only has one or two light fittings on the supply, meaning there is loads of spare capacity.
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@bar shaker, Ive heard back from the boot heating company who advised I would have to fit it myself. Is it easy to mound - I see that yours has brackets at right angles which screws into the side wall. Is that normal as mine would be mounted to the wall behind. I alread have a power point fitted in the locker from whicih I plan to use a double-adapter in order to run 2 x 4 pair units side by side. Thanks
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Gaza wrote:
Jonny996 wrote:
Any electrical people on here? The only power we have in our cave is the light fitting. Could these be powered off that?


It would depend on the maximum current draw but it is unlikely as lighting circuits (in the UK) are normally wired in 1.5mm twin and earth while power circuits are 2.5mm T&E. The maximum safe current draw on 1.5mm is around 13 amps (this figure can vary on length of run and where it is ran) but this would be on the whole run. If there are multiple fittings on the run then you'd need to consider this.

Personally I would not consider attempting to power anything other than lights from a lighting circuit. The fire risk is simply too great.


Bathroom shaver socket is usually 1.5mm & powered off lights in a botch job.
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@bar shaker,
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6amp RCD (the lowest the French use)


That I didn't know (esp. as the local Leroy M stocks 2A ones). And I assumed (!) a much bigger heater & fan load.

Would still think it easy to pull a proper cable through and mount a socket.
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Ozboy wrote:
@bar shaker, Ive heard back from the boot heating company who advised I would have to fit it myself. Is it easy to mound - I see that yours has brackets at right angles which screws into the side wall. Is that normal as mine would be mounted to the wall behind. I alread have a power point fitted in the locker from whicih I plan to use a double-adapter in order to run 2 x 4 pair units side by side. Thanks


I straightened two of my brackets, so it could fit on the corner, as you saw.

They come as 90deg brackets and it's all easy to fit. I fitted the brackets to the dryer, held it against the wall, got my GF to mark the holes, put down the dryer and drilled the holes. I then inserted rawlplugs and loosely mounted the brackets (taken off the dryer) to the wall. Finally operation was to bolt the dryer to the brackets and tighten everything up. Job done. I also had a socket installed next to mine, when the apartment 'reno' was done.


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@Ozboy, Pretty certain I fitted mine on my own. Put something underneath it to hold it at the right height and marked where the holes had to go in the wall. Took it down, drilled the holes and then did the only tricky bit of putting it back on to whatever I used to get the height right, held it there with one hand, inserted the screws with my other hand and then somehow managed to pick up the screwdriver and tightened a couple of screws up to hold it in place while I then tightened the rest.
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@Matt1959, @bar shaker, Thanks - they assured me it’s simple enough to do but my handyman skills are not so good but definitely improving since beinig in the mountains. Think I am going to bite the bullet and order their most basic model.
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Here is my cheap and practical set-up







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@Gaza, if you turn the horizontal pieces 90 degrees, so they join to the hangers from the side, the metal has much more resistance to bending and they won't sag.
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@bar shaker, thanks. Good point. They are bolted on with 2 bolts on each end so if I turned the horizontal bar 90 degrees then there would only be one fixing point. That should be enough...... Toofy Grin Toofy Grin
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@bar shaker, I took your advice and I now have a nice, straight ski rack. Thank you Toofy Grin snowHead





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