Plans for Building a Clothesline

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A clothesline is a good idea for anyone who is interested in saving energy. When the weather is nice, let the sun and fresh air dry your clothes by hanging them on the line instead of putting them in the dryer. Clotheslines can be placed in areas that are low on space and can be stretched between walls, trees and posts. With some thought and preparation, you can hang a clothesline almost anywhere.

Things You'll Need

  • Post timber
  • Support timber beams
  • Saws
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Post digger
  • Eye screws
  • Clothesline
  • Determine where the clothesline will go. Can you set up a pulley system between your home and a tree, or will you need to string the clothesline between two posts? Look at air flow in your yard and those areas that get plenty of sun. Avoid areas that are shaded by trees, as clothes may not dry and you don't want to have to fish leaves out of your clothing.

  • Design the types of posts you will need as the ends of the clothesline. The best are made of timber and look like a large "T" with two small triangles at the top center as support. The height of the main post will depend on your height and whether there is anything on the ground in the chosen area that could interfere with the clothesline. Most clotheslines are at a height slightly taller than yours, so you must reach up to hang the clothes. If calculating where to attach the clothesline to a post that is not yet driven into the ground, add 2 feet to the clothesline height, as 2 feet of the post will go into the ground.

  • Cut the timber according to your post plans. Use a drill and screws to secure each piece of timber. The post needs to be very secure and sturdy.

  • Screw eye screws onto each end of the top piece of wood on your "T" post.The screws should go on the same side.

  • Find two good spots for the post holes and dig them. The hole should be at least 2 feet deep.

  • Place the posts into the hole so that the eye screws on each post are facing the eye screws on the other post. It is not necessary to anchor the posts with cement, just firmly pack the dirt around the post while holding it in place.

  • Run the clothesline from each of the opposing eye screws to create two different lines at the end of the "T" posts. Plastic lines are best, as cotton tends to sag over time.

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