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== Background ==
 
== Background ==
 
[[Image:dry.rack.jpg|thumb|left|fig.1: Ortho Drawing]]
 
[[Image:dry.rack.jpg|thumb|left|fig.1: Ortho Drawing]]
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. As many energy conservationists may already know, drying clothes in a traditional drier contributes to a large part of the average households energy use.  
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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. 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. 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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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. 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>
    
===Why bother?===
 
===Why bother?===
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 Clothes Drying]]
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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 Clothes Drying]]
    
== CCAT ==
 
== CCAT ==
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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.
 
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.
  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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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.
    
[[Image:DryRack_side.jpg|thumb|right|pic.4: single side]]
 
[[Image:DryRack_side.jpg|thumb|right|pic.4: single side]]

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