The video shows you how to install a galvanised clothesline. It also includes some tips and advice to help you through the installation process.
The installer in the video is Steve from Auckland Clotheslines
Here is an outline of the instructions for how to install a galvanised clothesline.
- Before you begin, read the owner’s manual
- Layout all the parts to ensure nothing is missing
- Select a suitable site with about 1 m clearance on all sides
- You will need the following tools:
- Screw Drivers (Flat head and Philips)
- Good Quality read to mix quick dry cement
- Metal Aggregate (Coarse gravel to place at the bottom of the hole)
- Dig a hole 800 mm deep and 200 mm wide. Place the coarse gravel to place at the bottom of the hole
- Place the “Main Standard” in the hole and check if it is a convenient height for the person who will want to hang washing
- Fit the arms into the cross. Note: Ensure the cross in the correct position.
- Place the arm stay brackets. It’s important not to fully tighten any of the screws at this stage
- Attached the arms to the arm stay brackets.
- Ensure the top cap (lower assembly) is in place at the top of the pole and locating bolt on the cross aligns with bolt on the lower assembly
- Place the upper assembly on the top cap. Ensure all the screws are tightened on the upper assembly.
- Tighten all screws
- Gently tap in the end caps
- Uncoil the wire out across your lawn
- Starting from the closest line to the center thread the wire through the wire staples
- Tie off the wire using pliers
- Ensure all the wire staples are facing up at 90 degrees
- Mix the concrete as per the instructions. This can be done in a bucket or wheelbarrow, or directly in the hole if you are experienced with quick dry cement.
- Ensure the clothesline is level. Do not use for 3 days after installation
- If desired you can replace the grass over the hole
Happy Clothes Drying 🙂
Rewiring and replacing line on a washing line
Rewiring your own clothesline can be time-consuming but it is possible if you are willing to give it a go. Having the instruction manual will be helpful. If you don’t have the manual for your particular washing line you might be able to find it online to download.
Before you start, find all the tools you need. These will include:
- mallet or hammer
If you can, also find the line tensioner tool from the initial installation – if you don’t have the original tensioner you might be able to buy a replacement, or a screwdriver or chisel should do the job.
You’ll also need a replacement line in the right thickness.
Laying out the line on the lawn first is a good idea as this straightens it and reduces tangles. You should also look at how the old line was installed and make a note before you remove it.
Remove the old line working from the inside being careful to keep the washing line arms evenly spaced. It can help to leave the very outer old line in place until you are nearly finished to help keep the arms spaced.
At each tensioner cut around 300-400mm on each side so the tensioner can be rotated and then the old line can be removed easily. Using the screwdriver on the top of the tensioner helps you to get the ends of the line out.
Take the new line and thread it through working each section from the centre out and pull through cleanly as needed to avoid the line tangling.
Then once the line is in place go around the tensioners again to ensure it is tight. Using a tape measure can ensure the arms are level and even.
Not sure you can rewire your washing line yourself?
If you don’t think you have the skills to rewire your washing line, or you don’t have the time for maintenance jobs, then Auckland Clotheslines can do it for you.
We offer a repair and rewire service Auckland-wide for a range of clothesline makes and models and use the high-quality line that will last for years.
We also carry out a range of other repairs such as arm straightening and spring fixing and stock a range of spare parts.
Contact us to arrange repairs or to talk about our range of new clotheslines if yours is beyond repair.
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