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Old 06-01-2015, 07:48 PM   #1
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Those High Speed Hand Dryers

Good evening everyone. Today we stopped at Carlsbad Caverns and took a nice cave tour or two. Their bathrooms have these high speed hand dryers, and when I used them the noise was too much for me to endure without pain in my ears. I mean they do dry your hands well with the high blast of air, but the noise is horrendous. According to Exceldryer.com, these hand dryers produce between 70 to as much as 90 bd.

Anyone else notice the loud noise these things make?
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Around race cars all my life so nope. My wife has told me several stories about people getting the stones blown out of their jewelry on them. Look up the episode of Mythbusters where they tested how unsanitary blow dryers are compared to paper towels.
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Old 06-02-2015, 06:49 AM   #3
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Think of all the trees your saving
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Think of all the trees your saving
But not the trees that were cut to mine the coal that powers the generators that powers the hand dryer.

Cut the trees and give me paper towels!
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:40 PM   #5
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Don't hold your hands too close to the dryer. You'll find a reduced noise level.
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I vote for the paper towels myself, however sometimes there isn't a choice except for sealing toilet paper from one of the stalls .
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If your talking about the ones you put your hand into, your right, the do make some noise....
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I much prefer paper towels. Did you ever try to blow your nose on one of those blow dryers??


I also think they are the cause of global warming. You never heard about global warming until the hot air hand dryers became popular.
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I saw a guy blow drying his hair once at an Interstate rest area. He had just finished washing his hair in the sink when I entered, and was blow drying it when I left!
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Using paper towels makes them plant more trees.
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I try to have my own paper towels when going where only air dryers are available . I don't care to have the previous users bacteria blowing into my face.

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Interesting thread, am wondering if there is something causing the air moving in the hand dryer to "whistle" making it seem louder. Can't say I've ever had the noise bother me. Funny thing, this thread caused me to recall the scene in that great Robin Williams movie "Goooood Morning Vietnam". Playing the role of a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio in Saigon, a soldier calls in a music request to him. "And would ya play it loud, I'm in field artillery" he hollers at the end.
Speaking of loud....I served thirty years in naval aviation, a wrench bender,
I worked flight decks on a number of carriers at sea, as a trouble shooter and final checker. This meant I often found myself standing between the cats forward between two aircraft such as EA-6B prowlers and F4 phantoms at full throttle complete with afterburners (on the phantom) while doing final "safe for flight" checks. No amount of ear protection can totally keep you from hearing loss after years of exposure. So these days in my 70's now, I tend to talk loud,and warm air blow dryers? Don't bother me a bit! :-)
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Air dryers are FAR worse for the environment, all things considered, than paper towels.

1) Paper is a renewable resource. Trash trees that are grown for towels like that are cheap, fast growing, and easily replaced. It's not like they're taking down that stately oak in park in the middle of town, or the redwoods along the coast.

2) Electricity in most of the country is generated by fossil fuels. Unless you live around Niagara Falls or the Columbia River, your juice comes from coal, oil, or natural gas. With minor allowances for nuclear.

3) Putting blowers in removes the need to have a janitor person come in and clean up the used towels that people seem to have trouble getting in to the trash containers. Especially women. Trash cans + Labor + Towel Cost is usually higher than the cost of the dryers, so in they go. But for them to claim they're 'environmentally better' is a crock of BS. And the most ludicrous claim is that they don't fill up landfills with towel waste. Those towels degrade down to cellulose again in about three weeks.
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Ever look at the Filters on one them? if I have to, i'll use Toilet Paper first
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