How to Set a Clothesline Pole

Updated April 17, 2017

Drying your clothes outside on a clothesline will save you money on your electric bill. You can take advantage of solar power and dry your clothes for free. You will need to install at least two clothesline poles and a line. You have to set your clothesline poles properly to plant them firmly in the ground. Setting the clothesline poles involves a little hard work and a few basic tools.

Dig a hole with the post hole digger at the place where you want to set the clothesline pole. Dig a hole about 12 inches in diameter. Dig the hole around 18-inches deep.

Clean out the hole with the shovel. Remove any excess dirt and debris. Set the dirt off to the side of the hole.

Pour a bag of premixed concrete into the wheelbarrow. Add the amount of water recommended by the concrete manufacturer.

Mix the concrete and the water together in the wheelbarrow. Push the shovel back and forth to thoroughly blend the concrete and the water.

Pour the concrete into the hole. Use the shovel to level out the concrete. Repeat the mixing process until you fill the hole almost to the top with concrete. Stop when the concrete is a few inches below the top of the hole.

Place a clothesline pole into the centre of the hole. Push the pole down into the hole. Hold the pole straight up. Use the level to plumb the clothesline pole. The pole is plumb when the bubble on the level is between the lines of the glass tube.

Let the concrete dry. Shovel some dirt over the hole to cover the concrete.


Check the pole with the level several times as the concrete dries. The pole may move slightly while the concrete is drying.

Things You'll Need

  • Post hole digger
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Pre-mix concrete
  • Water
  • Clothesline pole
  • Level
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