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The Right Way to Recycle Washing Machines

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Aside from washing your dirty underwear, washing machine drums are also great for lighting.

Got a broken washing machine lying around? As Alex Koretchev shows, those perforated stainless steel washing machine drums also do well as modernist lampshades. All you need is a working hanging ceiling light, and something to bind the recycle drum to the cord. Voila! You've got a lighting fixture that focuses luminance on a specific area, while providing a little ambiance for the rest of the room.

But as you probably don't have several old washing machines clogging up your basement (two's probably ok, but three or more indicates an unlucky relationship with laundry), these recycled drums represent a great opportunity for junkshop owners. Surely they enjoy plenty access to old washing machines! Putting a premium on the resulting IKEA-like lamps is easy, and less metal ends up in the landfill.

Even better, the cost of production is some minor labor, and acquisition of end-of-life appliance. In today's throwaway-happy culture, that's easier done than said. Got your own ideas on how to recycle broken appliances? Hit the comments below. Of course, we're open to recycling options for the rest of the orphaned washing machine.

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    Marco925 , June 30, 2010 12:22 PM
    Pretty Neat! Almost inclined to convert my lights in the same manner. but i've only ever had one broken machine in the last 20 years
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    Usersname , June 30, 2010 12:28 PM
    This is THW and I fully expected to see a blended washing machine.
    Your standards are slipping. Leave creativeness to Mac sites.
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    neiroatopelcc , June 30, 2010 12:33 PM
    That's likely the least interesting news piece of 2010 .... this has nothing to do with anything even remotely enthusiast computer dude related.

    In english : stop wasting our time
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    halls , June 30, 2010 12:45 PM
    usersnameLeave creativeness to Mac sites.


    Hah.
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    figgus , June 30, 2010 12:46 PM
    neiroatopelccThat's likely the least interesting news piece of 2010 .... this has nothing to do with anything even remotely enthusiast computer dude related. In english : stop wasting our time

    But what about the concept washing machine that uses Star Trek teleporters to beam the dirt off of clothing? That seems to be ok around here as long as someone renders a concept picture of it...
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    neiroatopelcc , June 30, 2010 12:54 PM
    and was that mentioned in the article? or anything else involving gates and flipflops ... or just anything related to post ww1 technology?
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    Anonymous , June 30, 2010 1:45 PM
    did you mean stop washing our time?.........
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    neiroatopelcc , June 30, 2010 1:48 PM
    No that meant to say wasting - oh well, for once even the typo makes sense.
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    blazeorangeman , June 30, 2010 2:05 PM
    just donate them to mythbusters - I'm sure they'll just dynamite them. Now that is reduce, reuse, recycle!
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    Zoidman , June 30, 2010 2:51 PM
    Actually, my friends and I have taken one of those apart and used the drum as a fire pit for our parties when we go outdoors! It works really well, and heats everything around very well
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    Bluescreendeath , June 30, 2010 3:20 PM
    Wouldn't that giant steel thing weigh like a ton?
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    figgus , June 30, 2010 3:34 PM
    back_by_demandButAsk for it to be red instead of blue

    No WAY! A red shirt is certain doom!!!
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    bildo123 , June 30, 2010 3:45 PM
    neiroatopelccThat's likely the least interesting news piece of 2010 .... this has nothing to do with anything even remotely enthusiast computer dude related. In english : stop wasting our time


    Could have just skipped the article after reading the title. OK, it takes 3 second to read the title, but get over it.
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    ksampanna , June 30, 2010 5:55 PM
    It seems the weight of the inner drum is being underestimated.
    It's HEAVY guys ....
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    CptTripps , June 30, 2010 6:15 PM
    ZoidmanActually, my friends and I have taken one of those apart and used the drum as a fire pit for our parties when we go outdoors! It works really well, and heats everything around very well


    We bought one of those firepits from Home Depot and mounted a dryer drum to the top. It does not look bad at all and now I can get a bigger fire going for those late night BBQ's without worrying about wood falling out.
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    quotes , June 30, 2010 6:28 PM
    I used to have a fear of hurdles, but I got over it.
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    misry , June 30, 2010 7:45 PM
    back_by_demandButAsk for it to be red instead of blue ...


    Dude, *never* ask for red...
    http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/unisex/popculture/9722/
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    JonnyDough , June 30, 2010 8:59 PM
    The wall AND the lampshade would be very difficult to clean.
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    JonnyDough , June 30, 2010 9:02 PM
    back_by_demandInteresting idea, expanded further you could feed a dirty tshirt into the replicators to turn into base matter and ask it to give you the same tshirt with no dirt...ButAsk for it to be red instead of blue and Converse instead of NikeOr even change it from a tshirt to a pair of shoesYour washing machine also acts as a clothes shop and wardrobe


    Does the replicator "stock up" on raw materials or you can add properties to particles to make them anything you want? If its option two how come people still squabble over resources on Star Trek?
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    f-14 , June 30, 2010 9:55 PM
    what does this have to do with computer hardware? are you trying to push us to make out next case a gutless washing machine? some dude named jobs already invented that and called it apple's Isomething or other and you feed it white kittens to make it work!
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