The idea of the building a clothesline came up while my husband and I were discussing more ways to cut back on the energy bill, short of lighting candles at night and going to bed at dark.
My husband set out to learn how to build a clothesline. He found this great tutorial on Pinterest which served as a guide. He built our clothesline a little bit different but essentially the same, it’s a clothesline, right!
How To Build A Clothesline
The process of building the clothesline and setting the post into the concrete can be done in several hours. You will have to wait about 2 days before stringing the line to allow for the concrete to set up.
Three 8 ft. landscape timbers
Four 2×4’s cut at a 45 degree angle on both ends
- 6 Clothesline Pulley’s
- 5 Line Tightener’s
- 8 Eye hook
- 4 of nuts, bolts & washes about 7″ long
- 1 bag Quikrete
- Tape Measure
- Carpenter Square
- Post Level
- Post hole diggers
Go ahead and select your location and dig two holes where your posts will set into the ground. Don’t set the post yet though.
Cut one of the 8 ft. timbers in half creating two 4 ft. posts. These will be the “T”.
Install the clothesline pulley’s onto the 4 ft. “T” posts. Be sure to measure your desired distance. You won’t add the line and Line tightener’s until the concrete has cured, about 2 days later. I wanted you to see what they look like installed. Those line tightener’s are a great thing!
Next you will prepare to attach the “T” to the post. Measure your desired distance down the post where you will cut a notch (see picture below). This notch helps to secure a better fit when you attach the “T” post.
Attach the “T” to the anchor post using the nuts and bolts as pictured above. (I took the picture after the project was complete. The line will not yet be installed at this step)
Attach the 2×4 bracing boards using screws
Next, Set your post into the hole the desired depth.
I am a whopping 5 ft. 0″ tall. My sweet husband had me stand in the location we selected and raise my arms up as high as I would be able to comfortably hang clothes on the line. The cure for keeping long things from touching the ground is to drape them over the line double so they don’t drag the ground. Nail a few wooden stakes on to brace the post prior to adding the Quikqrete into the hole.
Once you have your post braced up and it is level, go ahead and prepare the Quikrete according to package directions. Add the concrete carefully so your post remains level. The concrete may take up to 2 days to set up. Don’t add the clothesline until after the concrete has set up.
Stacy added these anchor’s to keep the post from leaning inward, something clotheslines are notorious for doing. I need to cut the excess line hanging through the tightener’s. The great thing about using those line tightener’s, is that you can continue to tighten the line over time.
See my little peach tree in the foreground! Maybe someday, we will actually have peaches. That is a cedar above ground garden right behind the clothesline.
We have been in our home 14 years. This is the only home I have ever lived in without a clothesline. I have enjoyed my clothesline so far and look forward to reporting to you very soon how much we have saved on our energy bill!