Do-It-Yourself Washing-Line Plans

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Do-It-Yourself Washing-Line Plans
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Washing lines, more commonly called clotheslines, allow you to dry your washed clothes outside or inside without using a dryer. This air- and/or sun-powered dryer is fairly easy to create; very few supplies and tools are required. It's also a cost-effective way to dry your clothes. Problems with a washing line include sagging, bad weather and lack of easy of access. With the right set-up and maintenance, these problems can be solved.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 2 Hooks
  • 2 Pulleys
  • Wash-line tightener
  • Clothesline
  • Ladder (optional)

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  1. 1

    Insert two hooks opposite each other on a post, house or tree.

  2. 2

    Attach a pulley to both hooks and thread the wash line through the pulleys.

  3. 3

    Knot one end to the wash-line tightener and thread the other end through the clothesline tightener. Pull until tight.

Tips and warnings

  • The exact placement of the line is up to you. However, if you plan to hang the wash from the ground, hang it at about the height of your eyes to three inches above your head. Otherwise, you'll have difficulty hanging the wash.
  • Attaching the wash line to the house over a deck will give you access to the line without your having to walk into the middle of the yard.
  • You can also put the wash line in a spare room with or without the pulleys.
  • If you're hanging the wash line outside, you should plan on replacing the cord at some point. Cotton cords tend to stretch. Other wash-line materials -- such as PVC, wire and polyester -- exist, but even they won't last forever.
  • Avoid plastic pulleys; they tend to break. Look for a pulley made of rust-free material or with a rust-resistant finish.

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