They say necessity is the mother of invention.
Well, imagination is just as important if you really want to invent something cool.
With that in mind, the Hales family of Sherwood set about creating a kiddie car wash. Along with a nod to Pinterest for inspiration, and a working knowledge of a typical car wash, the Hales put together what ultimately became a neighborhood bike wash in the driveway of their Heron Ridge subdivision home on Seely Lane.
My husband just went to Home Depot and he sketched it on paper, said Hanna Hales, mother of three children Ethan, 2; Kate, 7; and Chloe, 11.
(The kids) helped build it, said Hales husband Colin, They went to Home Depot and picked out the supplies.
Those supplies included plenty of PVC pipe into which Colin drilled holes in order to create the spray for the washers rinse cycle. After adding a couple of oscillating sprinklers purchased from Target, small sponges, dusters, pool noodles, scrubbers and other items were purchased from Dollar Tree for the finishing touches.
Hanna Hales praised her husbands ingenuity in putting together the elaborate washing system.
Hes MacGyver, she said.
Once a journeyman mechanic, Colin Hales is a regional manager for Kassbohrer All-Terrain Vehicles Inc. at the companys Tualatin branch.
Once all the materials were collected, it took about an hour to put the bike wash together.
In the end, the contraption was set up to allow the children to scrub the bikes, send them through the unique rinsing system before the kids towel-dry the bikes.
I like the sponge things, how theyre all wet and smack you in the face with water, Chloe Hales observed of the familys new invention.
Meanwhile, Kate Hales said she liked the cut pieces of towel that swing down at the end of the wash because they remind her of a magic carpet.
Hanna Hales said she thinks her children made $20 so far, money that will go to fund sports and summer activities. But more than that, it is giving her children something to do, creating what she called summer sanity for mom.