How to tighten a clothesline

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How to tighten a clothesline
(vacation image by feisty from Fotolia.com)

If your frugal and eco-friendly clothes drying system--your clothesline--is sagging, but doesn't need to be replaced, you can tighten it fairly easily. Some of these tightening methods date back to when everyone had a clothesline in their backyard for optimising the power of the sun and fresh air. Some of them recently came to light because of homeowners' renewed effort to reduce their power consumption and budget wisely. Choosing the method that works best for you is the hardest step in tightening a clothesline.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Clothesline tightener
  • Garden sheers
  • Clothesline ratchet
  • Turnbuckle

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Instructions

    Easy

  1. 1

    Untie your sagging clothesline from the T-post, hook or eye by untying the original knot.

    How to tighten a clothesline
    If your clothes touch the ground, your clothesline is too loose. (nach dem baden image by N. Mellenthin from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Reposition your clothesline over the T-post, around the hook or through the eye.

  3. 3

    Pull the clotheslines as tight as you can, and retie the line at the connecting hardware.

    Install a Clothesline Tightener

  1. 1

    Untie your sagging clothesline from the T-post, hook or eye.

  2. 2

    Pull the cap of the fastener on your clothesline tightener back, thread the loose end of your clothesline through the cap and around the pulleys, and knot the end of the line that you installed the tightener to.

  3. 3

    Pull the line through the clothesline tightener to tighten it. While the clothesline tightener holds the line taught, tie the end of the line back onto the T-post, hook or eye.

    Install a Clothesline Ratchet

  1. 1

    Cut your clothesline a couple of inches from the T-post, hook or eye with garden sheers.

  2. 2

    Thread the long clothesline end through the hole on the right side of your clothesline ratchet and into one of the holes in the centre post.

  3. 3

    Thread the other cut piece of the clothesline (still attached to the T-post, hook or eye) through the hole on left side of the ratchet and into the other hole on the ratchet centre post.

  4. 4

    Twist the tightening screw at the top of the ratchet to secure the cut lines and tighten the clothesline.

    Install a Turnbuckle

  1. 1

    Untie your sagging clothesline from the T-post, hook or eye.

  2. 2

    Tie the loose end of the clothesline to one of the eyes on the turnbuckle.

  3. 3

    Extend the turnbuckle, and attach the other turnbuckle eye onto the clothesline post eye or hook.

  4. 4

    Tighten the line by screwing the turnbuckle eye on the post.

Tips and warnings

  • All of the needed hardware can be purchased at most home improvement stores.

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