A clothesline is an easy way to save money by harnessing the sun and the wind while saving money on energy.

We have been using this setup for years and love it. It is quick, inexpensive, attractive and functional.

Step 1: Supplies

This project was built with leftovers from DIY projects.
Each spring my local big box home store sells treated landscaping timbers and bags of concrete for $3 each.


For this project you will need

  • 4 8 foot treated landscaping timbers.
  • 4 long small lag bolts and washers (long screws will work fine too)
  • 8 2.5 inch (or longer screws)
  • 1-2 bags of quick concrete
  • cotton clothesline rope


  • Saw of some sort (hand saws will work)
  • Drill with a drill bit
  • Screwdriver or drill with correct bit
  • Tools to dig the post hole (Shovel, digging bar, post hole diggers etc)
  • Square
  • Tape measure
  • Level
Bird doo and tree sap can happen to anybody's laundry, but we lived on the route for SAC refueling practice. Jet fuel and refueling lube are nasty!
<p>Great project! Drying your laundry outside is just common sense! Using a clothes dryer is very wasteful and the clothes come out much better on the clothesline. Here in NC, there is no excuse not to use a clothesline...except for HOA rules or the outdated suburban mentality that clotheslines are not acceptable. It is in the 90s now...most clothes dry in a few minutes. I supplement the clothesline in the lawn with two lines on the deck. An additional benefit is that the UV rays from the Sun kill bacteria. Dryers don't do that. </p>
<p>Cool, I did not know concrete could be made this way! We have always done it with water, sand, small stones and mixing machine.</p>
I've done it both ways. If you are making a nice sidewalk or footings for a building - I would mix sand and stones. For posts and such I find pouring a bag of quickcrete into the hole and flooding it with water to be just fine. I've been doing it that way for a long time and have yet to have any issues.
<p>Nice work, as long as those birds don't leave you any presents on your clean clothes!</p>

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