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== Introduction ==
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== Background ==
As many energy conservationists may already know, drying clothes in a traditional drier contributes to a large part of the average households energy use. At HSU's CCAT building, three students reside and have clothes drying needs every week. Since CCAT's main focus is to "educate the public about the impacts of our technologies on the environment"<ref>http://www.humboldt.edu/~ccat/about.php</ref> it would seem fitting to design and build a energy free drying system for their washed clothes.
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Historically clothes drying has taken place on clothes lines that we could view hanging off peoples balconies throughout the city. This occurred through solar radiation and wind convection causing evaporation.
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  As many energy conservationists may already know, drying clothes in a traditional drier contributes to a large part of the average households energy use. At HSU's CCAT building, three student co directors reside and have clothes drying needs every week. Since CCAT's main focus is to "educate the public about the impacts of our technologies on the environment"<ref>http://www.humboldt.edu/~ccat/about.php</ref> it would seem fitting to design and build a energy free drying system for their washed clothes.
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  The goal is to build a passive clothes drying system for the CCAT house. Using both a simple yet effective design that could be easily copied by others desiring to ween them selves from yet another energy dependent device. As well as being space efficient and esthetically pleasing so others would want to use one.<ref>Chhimi Dorji, CCAT Project Manager</ref>
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== Understanding CCAT ==
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===Why bother?===
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  Conventional driers contribute to a large part of the average persons carbon foot print which has been linked to global warming. This is a easy way to make a big difference plus it's better for your clothes. See  [[http://www.appropedia.org/Clothes_Drying ]]
 
[[Image:Bamboo_leaves.jpg|thumb|right]]
 
[[Image:Bamboo_leaves.jpg|thumb|right]]
*Use:
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** 3 people x load/person = 3 loads a week
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== CCAT ==
** must look 'good' while in use
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Parameters:
** will serve as an example piece for others
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**Fits in a 2'x4' space with a 8' high ceiling
** a spin washer
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**Holds heavier wet items like blankets and sheets
** fits in a 2'x4' space with a 8' high ceiling
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**Must look 'good' while in use
* Weather:
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Use:
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**3 people x load/person = 3 loads a week
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**They have spin washer and small, flimsy drying racks
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**Will serve as an example piece for others
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**Simple to build
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**Low tech
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Weather:
 
** often cloudy if not rainy
 
** often cloudy if not rainy
 
** can change quickly during the day
 
** can change quickly during the day
 
** high humidity
 
** high humidity
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== Project Requirements ==
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[[Image:dry.rack.jpg|thumb|left|fig.1: Ortho Drawing]]
The goal is to build a passive clothes drying system for the CCAT house. Using both a simple yet effective design that could be easily copied by others desiring to ween them selves from yet another energy dependent device. As well as being space efficient and esthetically pleasing so others would want to use one.<ref>Chhimi Dorji, CCAT Project Manager</ref>
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== Design ==
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[[Image:dry.rack.jpg|thumb|left]]
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[[Image:drying rack x.jpg|thumb|left|fig.1: Support Brackets]]
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The general design is 2 main rectangles 3.6'x 4' divided into two squares by a horizontal piece. Each rectangle is then joined by a diagonal piece on ether side. The unit should stand about 6' tall 4' wide and 2' deep when extended from the wall and then when not in use collapse against the wall to about 7' tall and about 1/2' deep. The goal is to have more usable space when the device is not needed but still keeping it convenient, sturdy and reliable.
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== What is needed? ==
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[[Image:drying rack x.jpg|thumb|left|fig.2: Support Brackets]]
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[[Image:Bamboo_peg.jpg|thumb|left|fig.3:Peg in bamboo]]
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===Materials===
 
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!Material
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!Materials
 
!Use
 
!Use
 
!Quantity
 
!Quantity
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!Total Cost
 
!Total Cost
 
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| Screws
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| #6 Drywall mounts
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| screws
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| 8
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| $0.12/ea
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| $0.96
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| Screws #6
 
| joining
 
| joining
 
| 34
 
| 34
| $0.10 ea
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| $0.08 ea
| $3.40
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| $2.72
 
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| Brackets
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| 1" Washers(small hole)
| support
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| holding dowells
| 2 pairs
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| 16
| $3.49/pair
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| $0.12
| $6.98
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| $1.92
 
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| Bamboo
 
| Bamboo
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| $1.88/8ft
 
| $1.88/8ft
 
| $15.04
 
| $15.04
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| Broom hooks
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| rack support
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| 4
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| $3.99/2
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| $7.98
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|-
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| Twine
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| tension/support
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| 40'
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| CCAT
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| free
 
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[[Image:D.R.Materials.jpg|thumb|right|Pic.3: Needed tools/materials]]
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[[Image:2"drill_bit.jpg|thumb|right|Pic.4: 1/2" drill bit]]
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===Tools===
[[Image:DryRackSides.jpg|thumb|left|Pic.5: Side Components]]
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[[Image:DryRack_side.jpg|thumb|pic.6: single side]]
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[[Image:DR_Side.jpg|thumb|left|Pic.7: Bamboo Poles]]
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! Tool
[[Image:Bamboo_poles.jpg|thumb|pic.8]]
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! Use
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! Source
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! Cost
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| Table Saw
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| Cutting Bamboo
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| CCAT
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| Free
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| Phillips head screwdriver
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| Screws
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| CCAT
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| Free
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| Drill
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| Drilling holes and screws
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| Personal Tools
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| Free
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| Tape Measure
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| Measuring
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| CCAT
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| Safety glasses
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| Cutting bamboo
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| CCAT
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| Free
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| 1/2" woodboring drill bit
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| Cutting bamboo
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| Ace Hardware
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| $8.99
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| 3/16" round tip drill bit
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| pre-drill bamboo
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| personal tools
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| free
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| 5/32" round tip drill bit
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| sheet rock
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| personal tools
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| free
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| scissors
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| cutting twine
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| CCAT
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| free
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| Sand paper
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| smoothing holes & dowells
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| CCAT
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| free
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| Wood glue
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| bamboo/dowell
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| personal
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| free
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===COST===
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In total the project cost $37.61
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== Design ==
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[[Image:D.R.Materials.jpg|thumb|right|pic.1: Needed tools/materials]]
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[[Image:2"drill_bit.jpg|thumb|right|pic.2: 1/2" drill bit]]
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The general design is 2 main rectangles 3.6'x 4' divided into two squares by a horizontal piece. Each rectangle is then joined by a diagonal piece on ether side. Each bottom pole is tied to the leg of it's opossing side peice to prevent over expanding.
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  The unit should stand about 6' tall 4' wide and 2' deep when extended from the wall and then when not in use collapse against the wall to about 7' tall and about 5" deep or less. The goal is to have more usable space when the device is not needed but still keeping it convenient, sturdy and reliable.
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[[Image:DryRackSides.jpg|thumb|right|pic.3: Side Components]]
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[[Image:DryRack_side.jpg|thumb|right|pic.4: single side]]
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[[Image:DR_Side.jpg|thumb|left|right|pic.5: Bamboo Poles]]
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*<font color="olive">Note:Prices based off of Ace hardware, and Mad River Gardening in Arcata</font>
 
*<font color="olive">Note:Prices based off of Ace hardware, and Mad River Gardening in Arcata</font>
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== PROCEDURE: ==
 
== PROCEDURE: ==
You'll need to cut the bamboo into poles
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For a rack that measures 6' tall and 2' deep when extended, with 2" diameter bamboo poles.
6 x 3' , 2 x 4', 8 x 3'7"  
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*You'll need to cut:
*Note: Bamboo varies, so measure the diameter of the poles you will join to see how much shorter your short poles should be.  
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**the bamboo into poles of
  ex.) If your poles diameter is 2" cut 4" off the long length to give you 3'8"
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6 @ 3'8 , 2 @ 4', 8 @ 3'7"  
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**the twine into 10 pieces @ 3.5'
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  <center> *Note: Bamboo varies, so measure the diameter of the poles you will join to see how much shorter your short poles should be. ex.) If your poles diameter is 2" minus 4" off the long length to give you 3'8" instead of 4'. </center>
 
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  I recommend gluing the pegs in to the horizontal pieces after seeing that every thing lines up.
 
  I recommend gluing the pegs in to the horizontal pieces after seeing that every thing lines up.
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===Issues===
 
Now that it is pretty much done I have a few tips for construction.
 
Now that it is pretty much done I have a few tips for construction.
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*Sheet rock and bamboo gave me a tricky time.
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**Both must be drilled first by a small drill. In the Bamboo if you put an initial small hole all the way through you can then take the 1/2" to it one side at a time, not straight through to the other side. If you try it you will splinter the bamboo.
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**The sheet rock was trick to use as a anchor. I had intended it as a part of the support for the rack while under a heavy wet load. However I don't think the hooks can hold much more than the empty rack. While installing them the sheet rock crumbled around the first anchor since I did not properly drill out the right size hole before screwing it in. Even the properly done hooks seem like minimal support is offered by there use.
 
#Pre-drill holes with small bit first to minimize bamboo splitting.
 
#Pre-drill holes with small bit first to minimize bamboo splitting.
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#Test wall for structural integrity to see if support is possible. Rack will stand anchored.
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== Discussion ==
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[[Image:Side_Rack1.jpg]]
Feel free to leave comments here.
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== Conclusions ==
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I need to change this -> [[Image:Bamboo_peg.jpg|thumb|fig.2:Peg in bamboo]]
      
== Alternative designs ==
 
== Alternative designs ==
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# A simple line with hooks in living room zigzagging across the ceiling.
 
# A simple line with hooks in living room zigzagging across the ceiling.
 
# The same design of drying rack but located upstairs near the wood burning stove.
 
# The same design of drying rack but located upstairs near the wood burning stove.
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== Discussion ==
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Questions? Comments? Please feel free to leave comments here.
    
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