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Going Green with the Clothesline
 

Clothe's dryers consumes about five percent of the average American household's energy use. In terms of dollars, for a family of four, that comes to between $250 to $400 a year. Moreover, dryers consume energy--electricity or natural gas--that is not only expensive, but detrimental to the environment.

In contrast, the air and sun in your back yard is free, abundant, and clean. Moreover, hanging one's clothes on a clothesline is better for your clothes and can be a pleasant chore for the home economist. Like gardening, it is a productive activity that conserves energy.

The clotheslines available today from box stores are designed for economical shipping and storage on a shelf. For this reason, and because they are designed to be installed by the customer, they are under-designed.

On the other hand, my clotheslines are heavy duty. I buy the metal, weld, drill, and install each cothesline myself. These custom-made clotheslines are designed to hold a multitude of heavy, wet, objects (like blankets, rugs, and sleeping bags) with ease.

I buy the metal locally, cut it, drill it, weld it, and coat it with an oil-based, no-rust paint. Installation is, of course, included.
  welding
  clothesline
  spider web design
 

The virtues of this design are many:

  • takes up less yard space
  • rotates on axis so the user can stand in one place while hanging clothes
  • only one pole to mow around
  • unit is removable--can be taken out of the ground
  • solid, wire-feed welded construction
  • made of 1 1/4" square tubing (main post 1/4" thick metal; limbs--3/16" metal)
  • plastic-coated wire lines
  • concrete base
  • delivered and installed
  clotheslinemodelt
  model T design
 

The conventional design's primary virtue is it's solidity. Once up, they'll last for decades.

  • cross beam is 2 1/4" (1/8" thick metal)
  • post is 3 1/2" (1/8" thick metal)
  • wire-feed welded
  • concrete base
  • posts can be installed so that removable
  • plastic-coated wire for lines