Pulley Clothesline

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Intro: Pulley Clothesline

Dry clothes without electricity! This simple and inexpensive ($20) pulley clothesline allows you to stay in a stationary shaded area while your clothes take the journey.

Step 1: Materials Used - PVC Clothesline

Living in Hawaii, line dried clothes just makes sense (CENTS!). I've tried several types of commercially available clotheslines, but have found the PVC style to work the best ($8).

Step 2: Materials Used - Flat Mount Pulley

I found these at Lowes for about $4 each. They have several pukas (holes) for mounting and are rated at 100lbs.

Step 3: Materials Used - 2x4 Blocks

Blocks were used to change the angle of the flat mounted pulleys. Use 3" screws and a powerful screw gun or drill to drive them in.

Step 4: Mount Pulleys

Find the best location for clotheslines. Here I was able to mount the pulleys under our back Lanai to protect us from the sun. On the opposite end the pulley was mounted under the roof eaves. Use 2x4 blocks to angle the pulleys. Make sure the pulleys line up.

Step 5: Add Clothesline - Tie Knot

Make a loop on one end of the line. Make sure the knot is on the top side of the pulleys. Pull the other end of line through the loop and tie off. This should allow you to cinch the line down VERY tight. Remember the line will stretch a little.

That's it! Score points with the wife, save electricity, money and the environment.

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    6 Discussions

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    BarbaraW135

    10 months ago

    Incidentally, all plastic lines degrade very quickly in the sun here , in India so I have to replace them quite frequently.

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    BarbaraW135

    10 months ago

    I don't understand the American desire to avoid walking along a clothesline to peg out your laundry; for me, it it a pleasure to get a little exercise and take in some fresh air. My use of pulleys on my washing line is so that I can raise the washing up so the wind blows it dry and I can walk underneath it or drive under the line without it catching on my car roof rack. I am English but I now live in India and have to make the set up myself - not difficult - A single line pulley at each end of the line, nice and high up. A cleat to secure the rope or washing line lower down below each pulley, Release one end of the rope from its cleat until the line is low enough to reach, peg out your washing then tighten the line and secure on the cleat - hey presto! If I used the Amish large pulley system, I would either have to have a raised platform from which to hang and remove washing at one end or the height of my line would be limited to my own reach for pegging out washing. If anyone has ideas for a system that incorporates both ability to raise the line high and peg from one place, please let me know!

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    Anianna

    8 years ago on Introduction

    Whoa, you hung Mickey out to dry!

    Good info here.  I use the PVC clothesline, as well, though setting it up on a pulley system sure would save a lot of work.  I find that the PVC resists the mildew and general ickiness other clotheslines tend to harbor and don't crease clothing as badly as wire lines. 

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    tommyrusso

    9 years ago on Introduction

    LEMONIE: The pulley is attached to our back lanai, solid 2x4 & 4x4 posts. GRANNY_LEAH2: I used PVC because it worked much better than the more common steel cable with green plastic coating. I also live 200 yards from windward facing shores, very tough conditions for anything made of metal. UPDATE: after a few months of daily use, these clothes lines still work great!

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    lemonie

    9 years ago on Introduction

    The pulley you show appears to be mounted on rather weak fencing - can you show us what's really supporting it? Does the horizontal plank fix to fence-posts?

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