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How to tighten a clothesline

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.

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

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

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  15. Tip

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

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Things You'll Need

  • Clothesline tightener
  • Garden sheers
  • Clothesline ratchet
  • Turnbuckle

About the Author

Based in Covington, Tenn., Cheryl Torrie has been writing how-to articles since 2008. Her articles appear on eHow. Torrie received a certificate in travel and tourism from South Eastern Academy and is enrolled in a computer information systems program at Tennessee Technology Center at Covington.

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