Intro: Cheap Treated Clothesline - Our Solar Clothes Dryer!
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)
- Tape measure
Step 2: Cut the Top Piece
We are going to make 6 cuts total.
First we are going to cut the top cross pieces.
Take one 8 foot timber and cut it into two 4 foot pieces.
Step 3: Cut the Gussets
Take one 8 foot timber and cut it into four two 2 foot pieces.
Make a 45 degree cut on each end of all the 2 foot pieces. Ensure you cuts are going the correct direction. You should have a trapezoid and not a parallelogram.
Step 4: Assembly
Align the center of your top post with the center of your upright post.
Drive in two lag bolts or long screws to secure it.
Drive four screws into the support gussets. Use a square to ensure you are getting a proper fit.
Step 5: Drill Rope Holes
Drill 5 holes in the top cross member.
I did a hole at 2, 12, 24, 36 and 46 inches across the center of the top cross member.
Use a bit large enough to pass your rope through. Ensure you get full penetration from your drill bit. You may have to "chuck" it very high in the drill to make sure it goes through.
Step 6: Dig the Hole and Set the Pole
Once both end pieces are done it is time to set your poles.
Determine your pole distance. My poles are about 18 feet apart but you can set yours to whatever fits your situation.
Your holes will need to be 18-24 inches deep.
Center your clothesline pole in the hole.
Use a level and some scrap wood to hold it upright in the correct position.
Pour dry quick concrete mix into the hole. Pour a significant amount of water over the concrete completely saturating it. Leave for 24 hours.
Remove supports and pull the rope through the holes.
Hang your clothes and enjoy harnessing the power of the sun and wind to work for you.
Birdhouse (as pictured) is optional, but our birds love it.
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