Date: 26 May 2019. Diverting
Portlight Drips (paper towel edition)
The last article [Saving on
Kleenex (handkerchiefs)] told you why I
stopped buying *Kleenex. In this piece I'll describe how I keep my roll
of disposable paper towels dry. The roll resides under the portlight
in my head. That window is open most of the time. Rain happens. Here
is how I prevent damp paper towels for just a dollar.
*Kleenex is a popular brand of
paper tissues that folks in the United States use to blow their
noses. The brand name has become ubiquitous with the product,
regardless of who manufactures it.
Here is my PAPER TOWEL ROLL
↓ secured under the
portlight in my head:
When it rains water runs down the bulkhead and drips
on my paper towels.
I need to divert the water. The
solution was found at
the local Dollar Tree. I headed to the back corner of the store
where placemats are sold. It's near the dish towels. There are two types
of placemats available. One is squishy, with
a rubbery back. The other kind is a thin plastic. I chose the thin
solid plastic version.
Mine features Disney princesses
from the movie Frozen. Relax fellows. This is not as bad as you
When it rains sometimes water
drips down below the portlight. It rolls down the bulkhead then is
absorbed by the paper towels. That's not a good situation. The
plastic placemat diverts the water away from my paper towels to where it won't
hurt a thing.
I do normally
close the portlight when rain is forecast. This is a preventative
measure for those unexpected showers that occur when I'm off the boat.
↑ is a Disney placemat
covering my roll of paper towels. The hidden side has the princesses.
What shows is a snowflake. I believe the blue looks like water.
That's why I chose this particular placemat.
Personalizing Seaweed is one
of my joys in life. Having a
wonderful home is truly a blessing. I am extremely fortunate.
I have hidden a rather mundane
roll of paper towels. The placemat also semi-hides the cedar chips I
use in my composting head set-up. Although coconut coir sold on
Amazon is often recommended, cedar chips
work and meet my budgetary constraints.
Side Note: Given a choice, coconut
coir is the preferred way to go. The bricks fit in a much smaller
space than cedar chips too. Details can be found on the
FibreDust Coco Coir page on Amazon. This item is normally $20.
I'd want two of them. One, plus a spare for my ship stores.
When I first situated the placemat
over the paper towels, it was droopy.
The plastic placemat
covering the paper towels did not seem secure.
I tucked a pink package
under the edge of the placemat so that it would curve around
You may notice a piece of
1/8" nylon braided line attached to the wiring above my paper
towels. On one side, the line is fed through the ring that
supports the wires and cable. The other side is close to the
ring, but not on it. That is because I wanted the towels to
They don't. If I added a dowel the paper towels would
rotate. In the meantime, I've got the towels secured, out of
the way and yet accessible. For the time being, that is Good
Aboard a boat, not every project will
be the final incarnation. For now, this is my
solution. The portlight remains open. If it rains while I am off
Seaweed the paper
towels are protected.
Things to know:
Placemats will fit sideways over your paper towels,
completely covering the roll. Thus, search for one end of the placemat
that will look okay on display. Another option is to use one of the flexible
cutting mats. Those chopping mats are clear and also available at the Dollar Tree.
Clear flexible cutting mats are
usually found on a shelf in the kitchen area under the scissors.
I told you about another use for these mats in the
Alternator Bracket Pattern (how to)
What I like best is that this is
an easy solution. I don't like to keep my boat closed up unless I'm
running the air-conditioner. This way when one of those semi-regular
afternoon thunder-boomers comes through I am ready. My paper towels
will remain dry.
That's it for today. Thank you for
reading, and happy boating.
I'd love to learn where you store your paper towels.
And, do you have one of those hangers or stow the roll in a locker?
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