This week I got another question from my brother Nate. He's looking for a way to hang laundry to dry, and he found designs like this one appealing:
|George & Willy|
He figured it was simple enough that he could build one himself. He wondered though about the height of the triangles. He's hoping to hang the rack high enough that they can walk under it without getting pants in their faces, so the triangles should be as short as possible. Unfortunately, that makes it easier for the rack to tip if the clothes aren't perfectly balanced, which will bring some of the clothes lower. His question then was this: How do I choose the height so I have the most headroom?
As I started to diagram this out, I realized it was a much more complicated system than I first imagined. Looking at it from the side,