Tuesday, October 9, 2012

the washing machine



Somewhere between the water pump and the straw chopper was the washing machine. It didn't go very far in my hands, but its worth bringing up because it did go somewhere interesting.

A phone call was made to aprovecho by a couple looking to commission a pedal powered washing machine. The call was passed along to me and i agreed to take on the project. I started collecting materials and then started tearing things apart.





Once i had a sense of how it worked i started contemplating how best to run it. I turned to the internet for guidance. There are a number of interesting pedal powered washing machines out there:

http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/cyclean-pedal-powered-washing-machine.html

http://homelessdave.com/hdwashingman.htm

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KzTKDw-b9uo

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYmK9Rsh4Pg


However, i didn't get too far into before some issues came up that kept me from moving forward. Namely the need to prioritize working on other simultaneous machine projects. So I passed it on to my friend Neil and here's what he came up with:




Neil's a pretty brilliant guy, be sure to check out some of his other projects on youtube, namely the bio-char, plastic-to-oil conversion and other human-powered machines. 

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