If you have moved into a new place and are stuck with a washing line you don’t want or your current line is beyond repair, then you will probably need to remove the old line before installing a new one. Removing a washing line is a little tricky but can be done yourself if you have the right tools.
Tools that will help you with the job include a small angle grinder and a jackhammer. If you don’t have these it is often possible to hire them from a tool hire company or DIY store for a short period. You’ll also find it easier if you can enlist someone to help.
- The first thing you need to do is to cut the washing line itself off. You will need someone to steady the pole for you to stop the washing line falling over. If you are using an angle grinder then try and keep the cutting disc horizontal while you are cutting. Once you have cut most of the way through the pole you should be able to twist it off.
- Once you have cut the clothesline away from the ground cut the wires so that you can unstring the line. It is then a good idea to break the washing line down to make it easier for you to dispose of, so cut the arms off. Start by cutting the stay at the top of the arm and see if this is enough to allow you to remove them.
- After you have removed the line you’ll need to remove what is left in the ground. Use a jackhammer to break up the concrete around the base. The easiest way to do this is by starting around the edge and working into the middle.
- Lift the rubble and loosen the soil and then drag out the base. You’ll probably need someone to help you here too.
- Fill in the hole and cover over with soil or grass.
Not sure you can remove a Washing Line Post yourself? Auckland Clotheslines can help
If you are replacing a washing line and buying a new one from us then talk to us about our clothesline installation service. We travel across Auckland and Christchurch for installations and can remove your old line and take it off-site as part of that service.
Contact us today to talk through your options and find out which line would be best for you.
A video showing how to Remove a Washing Line Post from Bunnings: