Step 2: Installing the clothesline

Drill holes where the hooks will be attached. If you are attaching the hooks to a masonry wall, you will need to drill the holes slightly bigger than the hook's thread. You will need to use anchoring slugs so the drill size will need to be adapted to those. If you are attaching the hooks to a brick wall, you will need to drill in the mortar between the bricks. If you don't, you run the risk of splitting a brick which is something you don't want to do. Use the hammer to drive the anchor in the wall and screw in the hook. Using a large screwdriver that you simply slip in the hook makes it a lot easier.

If you are attaching to a wood wall, try and screw the hook in a stud in order to make it a lot stronger.

For most people, the other end of the clothesline will be attached to a power pole. If you do so, keep in mind two things:
-Usually, it is illegal to use power poles to attach clotheslines but the utility companies tolerate such usage.
-Power lines carry many times the voltage required to kill you. Be careful when setting up your ladder and don't put the line too close to the power lines. As a rule of thumb, the higher the lines, the higher the voltage. We want you to keep on visiting the Instructables site so work safely.

Now that the hooks are attached, put on the pulleys (they just slip over the hooks) and start threading the line. Once the line is through the pulleys, attach the tension device and start cranking. When the tension is adequate, just leave it like that. Cut the excess wire.
I saw an industrial dryer with energy star at a drive-in camping area.
Well that would be a first!<br/>When I did the research for the article, I checked out the <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=clotheswash.pr_clothes_washers">Energy Star website</a> where they claim no clothes dryers have the rating simply because there is almost no difference between the efficiency of all models.<br/><em>&quot;ENERGY STAR does not label clothes dryers since there is little difference in the energy use between models.&quot;</em><br/>A clothes dryer is basically a tumbling drum with a fan and heating coil. The only way I can see to make a more efficient model would be to use a refrigeration based dehumidifier... then again it might not be as efficient in the end since it would take a lot of time to dry the clothes.<br/>
Hmm. I thought the oldest method of drying clothes was throwing them over the shrubs or rocks. :-) That's what we did camping at the lake. We thought we had come into the 20th century when we tied a rope between two trees. Of course the humidity was very low and things dried VERY fast. It was very humid where I grew up and nothing dried quickly back then. An electric clothes dryer was a must. No one has a clothes lines in the old neighborhood. A couple of years ago I saw Martha Stewart on TV before she was a convicted felon. She spent 20 slow, agonizing minutes explaining how to put up a clothes line. I sat there watching and wondering what happened to tying a rope between two trees.
Boy! I knew Martha was good for making time on T.V. but 20 minutes on that is a bit overkill. Often, in humid climates, the only thing that will dry clothes is the sun. If you live in a damp place with no sunshine... things get a bit harder I must admit, but not impossible. As far as just stringing a rope between two trees, it will work. But it's less convenient than the pulley system (especially if you set the line high enough to avoid having sheets drag on the ground)
I thought everyone used a clothesline, they certainly do in the UK
No. Most folks in the U.S. use electric clothes dryers. It's faster so we jumped all over them. Plus the neighbors won't know what my undies look like. :)
In Australia, having a clothesline is part of basic etiquette. How else am I meant to promote how much larger my underwear is than my neighbours!? I've tried pegging them to the fence and they just take them down, saying I'm ruining their fence-line (jealous pricks if you ask me). Also, I've never seen a clothes hoist of this sort n my life. We have big, 4m diameter spinning spokes with wire between 'em. Apparently we invented that - big surprise.
Definitely sounds like jealousy. Huh, sounds like the perfect thing to poke your eye out on. I've seen the rotating type of clotheline here in the US. I've always wondered if birds like to perch on clotheslines like they do power lines.
the rotary washing line is the one most people in the UK have (otherwise it's a line with no reel). Birds don't sit on ours haha. We have a dryer as well (but its hardly used), for incase its ultra-bad weather, but tumble-dryers imo makes clothes tighter. Theese reel ones I've only seen on TV etc. We have indoor clothes racks to put next to a radiator incase of really bad weather.
ditto with Canada, But cause US has so much poverty, most people don't have a yard, so end up wasting money on a machine.
I come from Canada too... The fact that most Americans use electric dryers is probably related to the New Deal which was introduced by Roosevelt as a way to stimulate the economy in the post 1929 period (check your history books...). I know I've seen people put them on galleries when there isn't much space in the backyard. In big cities, they used to go across back alleys... they still do in many European cities (look at Italian movies). My grandmother used to have a clothesline in the basement during the Winter. There are so many places where they can be put up that there is almost no reason not to have one! And yes, birds do use them as a nice perch from time to time. But it seems the wire isn't too comfortable for their feet so they don't stay on for long periods.
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Good advice, nice instructable. I like the bunny hanging from its ears, cute.

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