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Install a clothesline post

  • Difficulty: hammer
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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : 1 Day

There is no laundry detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheet on the market that leaves clothes smelling as fresh as ones that are dried on an outdoor line. And there’s another significant advantage to using a clothesline: the energy you save will help you reduce your monthly energy bill! Two good reasons why it’s high time to roll up your sleeves and install a post for your clothesline!

Before you begin, bring your neighbors up to speed and check local bylaws concerning clothesline installations.


Tools and materials required


  • Cement trowel
  • Hammer
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Auger (may be rented)


  • Clothesline set
  • Line tensioner
  • 4 - 2" × 4" x 96"
  • 4 wood stakes
  • Nails 3 ½"
  • Prepared cement
  • Post (wood or metal)
  • U-bolts (for metal post installation only)

Before Assembly

The Location
Find out if your municipality has any restrictions or regulations relating to the installation of clotheslines or posts.

Check with public services(telephone or electric) if the clothesline may be installed on utility poles. Though these companies do not usually object to having a clothesline installed on their equipment, keep in mind that company employees may unhook the pulley when working on or around the utility pole. In such cases, the homeowner is responsible for reinstallation of the clothesline.

If the available pole is located on a neighbour’s property, ask permission. Even though the pole itself may not belong to your neighbour, a section of the clothesline will pass over his property and will therefore require right of access.

Determine the location of the two clothesline pulleys. One should be installed some distance from the house (on a post or garden shed for example), while the other is fastened to the house.

The ideal location is an open area that provides maximum exposure to the sun and wind. Avoid installing the clothesline under tree branches or electrical wires to prevent birds from soiling your clean clothes. Avoid installing the line over trees, bushes and other obstacles as they may soil or cause damage to your laundry.

The equipment
Clothesline kits include: two pulleys, a line tensioner, the hooks to attach the pulleys and, of course, the clothesline itself available in various lengths typically ranging from 30.5 m (100') to 61 m (200').

Measure the distance between the two intended pulley locations; then choose a clothesline kit with a line that is more than twice the length of the measured distance.

The type of post
The clothesline will exert significant pressure on the clothesline post, especially when there are wet clothes hanging from the line, the post must be very solid and firmly planted in the ground.

Treated wood: Use a 6" × 6" post available in length of 16'. Even though the wood is treated, it will still tend to rot over time.

Galvanized steel: rust-free, select a post either 3 ½" or 4"in diameter.


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