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.
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.
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.
1.1 Use a posthole auger to dig holes 8"in diameter for a metal post and 10" in diameter for a treated wood post,and 3' 6" to 4' deep for optimum stability and to prevent the post from loosening when frost occurs.
1.2 Lay a bed of 0-¾ crushed stone 6" deep at the bottom of thehole.
1.3 Apply a wood preservative to the section of the post that will be below-ground.
1.4 Insert the post into the centre of the hole, makingsure that it is vertically level. Warning: Clothesline posts are fairly heavy. Ask for help before trying to move one. Be careful of electrical wires.
1.5 Hold it in position by nailing supports 2" × 4" x 96" to the post. For a metal post, build a wood frame around the pole and nail the wood supports onto the frame.
1.6 Hold the lower extremities of the supports with wooden stakes.
1.7 Prepare the cement mixture and fill the hole.
1.8 Check that it’s vertically plumb.
1.9 Make the concrete mound-shaped around the post, one inch higher than the ground; this will allow water to run off and not create a pool around the post. It is particularly important when installing a wood post as it will prevent it from rotting prematurely.
1.10 Allow the concrete to dry for 24 hours before removing the supports.
1.11 Wait a full week before installing the clothesline.
You can fasten the hooks directly on the house. Install a clothesline elevator which will allow you to lower or raise the line.
Brick or stone constructions:
2.1 Drill a hole in the concrete between the bricks or stones using a percussion drill and concrete bit.
2.2 Insert an anchor bolt (metallic cylinder that expands when a screw is inserted).
2.3 Screw the hook into the anchor.
2.4 Mount the pulley.
Wall coverings, such as vinylsiding:
2.1 Locate a solidstructure other than the siding. Doors and windows are mounted to a wooden frame, behind the sidings.You can insert a screw anywhere along a 2" border of the window or door perimeter but not in the first ½" between the perimeter and frame.
2.2 Screw the hook in the structure.
2.3 Seal the entry point for the hook with silicone.
2.4 Mount the pulley onto the hook.
3.1 Fasten the second hook into the post.
3.2 Mount the pulley onto the hook.
3.1 Install a U-bolt of the appropriate size.
3.2 Attach an S-hook.
3.3 Secure the pulley.
4.1 Mount and thread the clothesline in the two pulleys.
4.2 Overlap both extremities in the line tensioner.
4.3 Turn the tensioner key to create tension.
4.4 Make sure that the clothesline is mounted properly around both pulleys and tighten the tensioner.
4.5 Remove any extra line.
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