How To String A Better Clothes Line: Don’t Let Your Cloths Get Rained On

Using a clothes line can save you a lot on energy bills. Better than that, using the sun to dry your clothes doesn’t produce any pollution.

We’ve come up with a clothes line situation that works well for us. First off it is close by: right out my door. Second, it is located under an overhang of the roof so my cloths never get re-wet by an unexpected rain. Third, it is located out on the side of my house so it is not in immediate view of visitors.

A carport might also be a good location for a clothes line if there is plenty of air circulation.

How to:
A. Screw an eyehook(s) into the wall: one for each line you intend to string. Remember to place the clothes lines high enough so you can walk under them without hitting your head.

B. Use a carabiner because it has one side that has a spring-hinge (that opens) making it easy to take down and re-hang the clothes line. (optional)

C. Tie a clothes line to the carabiner.

D. Attach an eyehook to the opposite wall at the same height and matching location on the wall. Lace the clothes line through.

E. Pull the line tight and tie off the clothes line(s) on a cleat.

*All supplies can be found at your local hardware store. Pick out hardware that will be resistant to rust.

6 thoughts on “How To String A Better Clothes Line: Don’t Let Your Cloths Get Rained On

  1. jolie

    Will these directions work if I have to use a wood fence on one end and a tree on the other end. But maybe I shouldn’t put the hardware on the tree that might not be a good thing. I don’t honestly know if it could harm the tree? Well, let me know if you have any tips for me.

  2. berrni

    your in the same boat as I am. I am trying to figure a way not to harm the tree that I hope to use for one end of the line.

  3. jane Post author

    Would it be possible to wrap a rope around the tree? That way you could loosen the rope as the tree grew. I would add a ring (from a hardware store) to the rope. Now you would have something to hook your cloths line to.
    -Hester Jane

  4. Bonnie

    Screwing or nailing directly into a tree causes it the least harm. Do not tie a rope around the tree unless you plan on removing it quickly, as this strangles the tree. Trees grow outward, so a penetration does not harm it (think maple syrup). If this is a permanent clothesline use a long eyebolt (predrill to make that easier) and leave the bolt out some from the tree bark, since the tree will widen as it grows and eventually grow around the eyebolt. Would be a good idea to undo it and reset it every few years to prevent the eye being swallowed in bark.

  5. kris

    to protect your tree—use a piece of old garden hose–run rope through it–then tie. It cushions the bark. You can also do with with kids swings, hammocks, bird houses, and anything else you want to hang in a tree.

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