Don’t worry! It’s clean laundry. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that my hubby recently built me a clothesline! And oh my goodness is it wonderful! I am just in love with it. There is something really rustic and homey about having a clothesline. I can see my laundry drying in the sunshine from my kitchen window, and it just makes me smile. It’s one of those silly romantic farm life things I think. The early homesteaders would surely have laughed at my feelings about a simple clothesline! But then, they probably never tried setting up a clothesline on an apartment porch that got approximately 20 minutes of direct sunlight everyday….oh yes, I surely did that. So this clothesline is amazing in comparison!
The Husband-man designed this beauty a little differently then other clotheslines we’ve seen, so I thought I’d share how we did it.
You have your standard posts. These were 8 feet and he used a post hole digger to put them in the ground approximately 3 feet.
Then he attached the cross pieces, those were 2×4’s cut to about 3 feet each. Then he cut the bracing pieces at a 45 degree angle on either side, and installed those.
It’s at this point that it gets a little bit different and cool. Most clotheslines have eye bolts and/or pullies for the line to attach, but instead of doing that he drilled three holes for the line to go through….
and then on one side attached them to an eye bolt down below the bracing.
On the other side he attached the line to these adjustable hooks (if you want to build one like this they are called “hook and eye turnbuckles”), which hook onto an eye bolt.
He designed it this way for three reasons. One, this saved a little cash on hardware. Two, it puts the pressure from the lines on a more central point on the post so as to avoid any uneven pressure on the cross pieces over time that would twist and pull it. And three, it allows individual tension adjustment for each line.
I just love it. And I’m actually staying on top of my laundry now! It’s a lot easier to fold laundry outside when the kids can run around and
chase the rabbit explore. Great unexpected benefit!
Do you use a clothesline? Share your line drying tips in the comments!
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