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What portion of this weight should be used as seismic dead load?  Won't the clothes swing around and absorbing energy like a damper?  Or perhaps they hit a resonance frequency and take out the whole building?
Mark Pemberton, S.E.
Pemberton Engineering
Davis, CA

Charley Hamilton <chamilto(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Mark -

Is it guaranteed to stay a clothing rack, or might it end up
like the closets in my back room: hanging climbing rope,
lifting/tow chains, tool belts, etc?

If it's just dry clothes, figure the weight of cotton canvas is
about 14 oz/sq yd. A pair of denim jeans is probably around
8-10 oz/sq yd and occupies maybe an inch of rod length. For a fat
guy like me, that makes a pair of jeans about 1.5-2.5 lbf if it's
dry. If it's wet, then the numbers probably go up to something
like 4-5 lbf/inch.

Just a hunch, no prior knowledge or references.


Charles Hamilton, PhD EIT PGR and Lecturer
Department of Civil and Phone: 949.824.3752
Environmental Engineering FAX: 949.824.2117
University of California, Irvine Email: chamilto(--nospam--at)

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