How to install a clothesline pole

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How to install a clothesline pole
Clothesline poles secure the line on which you hang your washing to air dry. (Martin Poole/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Drying your washing in the open air on a clothesline conserves energy and helps trim the household budget. You can choose from assorted styles of clotheslines, such as pulley-drawn and umbrella-style. The most popular clothesline remains the traditional T-post made of metal or wood, and buried in rocks and cement. You'll want to site your clothesline poles so the washing on the line can catch both wind and sunlight. After your clothesline poles are in, screw or drill eyehooks into the pole's crossbars through which to string the clothesline.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Post digger or auger
  • Pea gravel or rocks
  • Shovel or spade
  • Wood props
  • Quick-set cement
  • Bucket
  • Trowel
  • Garden hose
  • Level

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  1. 1

    Dig a hole at least 60 cm (24 inches) deep and twice as wide as your clothesline pole. Excavate the soil and set it aside.

  2. 2

    Widen the area at the bottom of the hole until the bottom is slightly wider than the hole opening. Fill the bottom of the hole with about 10 cm (4 inches) of pea gravel or small rocks. This will help improve drainage.

  3. 3

    Put your clothesline pole in the middle of the hole. Prop it with large wooden props, or have someone hold the pole upright. Level the pole so that it's standing completely upright.

  4. 4

    Mix a batch of instant cement according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pour the cement into the hole.

  5. 5

    Smooth the area around the base of the pole into a slight mound. Cover the cement mound with excavated soil and pat down hard. This will help rainwater run off the area and away from the pole.

Tips and warnings

  • Site your clothesline close to a door where you can easily reach it. Install your line where your drying clothes will receive a lot of sunshine. Avoid placing poles near the street, or near trees that can leave leaves, seeds and bird droppings on your clean washing.
  • Plant grass seed or a shallow-rooted spreader such as mint or ivy at the base of the clothesline pole to help prevent erosion.
  • Check with the local council before digging in your garden. Know and mark the locations of buried wires and underground connections.

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