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How to tie a clothes line

Updated November 21, 2016

Used for drying clothing and other laundry, clotheslines consist of a small diameter rope or cord stretched between trees or poles. Some people use clotheslines to conserve energy; others hang clotheslines while camping. The key to a sturdy clothesline is a taut rope or cord. Accomplish this with an easy-to-tie knot.

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  1. Wrap the free end of the rope a fixed object such as a tree. Position the rope around the tree at a height that will allow wet clothes to hang without dragging the ground.

  2. Pull the rope around the tree. Bring the free end of the rope down and under the main length of rope to form a loop in front of the tree.

  3. Feed the free end of the rope around the main line and through the loop to form a simple half hitch knot. Pull the free end so it is pointing toward the ground.

  4. Pull the free end of the rope down along the main rope length. Wrap the free end around the main length of rope to form a loop below the half hitch knot.

  5. Form a second half hitch knot by feeding the free end of the rope through the loop below the first half hitch knot. Pull the second knot tightly against the first knot.

  6. Pull the rope to the opposite tree to be used as a clothes line support. Wrap the rope around the tree and adjust the rope height so the clothes line is level. Secure the clothes line by tying off with two more half hitch knots.

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Things You'll Need

  • Trees or poles
  • Small diameter rope or cord

About the Author

Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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