My dog Scooter wears boots in the winter to protect his paws from the salt. Even though we're in Canada, there are days where the roads are slushy and wet, and my best friend comes home with sopping wet feet. Drying the boots on the radiator results in a room that smells like dog feet, and boots with dry, cracked leather. The cumulative effect is that the boots wear out quickly.
Instead of drying the boots on the baseboard radiator in the mud room, I thought it would be clever to use a handful of spare parts I had on-hand to build a boot dryer. There are consumer-grade dryers you can buy for your own gloves or boots, and building an adapter would have been faster and easier, but where's the fun in that?
Plus, we have the opportunity to make it smart!