How To Install A Retractable Washing Line?

Washing Lines guide to installing a retractable clothesline.

If you are looking for a more affordable and greener way to dry your wet washing, then a retractable washing line is a great choice. Taking up little space when in use and next to no space when not in use, a lot of people are choosing retractable clotheslines over other options such as foldable drying racks or rotary washing lines.

But, how easy is it to install a retractable washing line? In short, it is actually very easy. Anyone with basic tools and DIY capabilities can install a retractable washing line in as little as 5 minutes. Also, most retractable clotheslines will come with easy-to-follow installation guides for that specific model which we advise you should follow. There are also numerous video tutorials on YouTube that you can follow if you want a visual aid to help you put up your retractable washing line.

However, if you are just after a generic guide on how to install a retractable clothesline, at Washing Line, we have got you covered

TOOLS FOR INSTALLING A RETRACTABLE WASHING LINE

Before you begin the process of putting up your retractable washing line, it is important to make sure that you have everything you need. As these devices are fairly simple to install, this list is short. But, make sure you quickly double-check you have what you need close to hand before you get started.

To fit a retractable clothesline, you will need the following:

1 x Retractable Washing Line Kit (including hook, screws and screw anchors)

1 x Drill

1 x Pencil

RETRACTABLE WASHING LINE INSTALLATION GUIDE

Now that you have got everything ready, you can begin installing your retractable washing line.

STEP 1 - DECIDE ON YOUR LOCATION

It is seemingly obvious, but before you begin putting up your retractable washing line, you need to decide where you want to place it. To support the weight that will come with the wet washing on the line you will need to choose a solid base to mount the device. Typically, people fit retractable clotheslines to walls or beams.

STEP 2 - MARK YOUR INSTALLATION POINT

Hold your retractable in the position you are going to install it and with a pencil make a mark on the surface where you are going to install the bolts. Most retractable washing lines will have a metal mount on which the device sits. In this metal bracket, there will be holes that are similarly shaped to tear drops for the screws to go in. Mark the dots at the TOP of the teardrop.

STEP 3 - DRILL YOUR SCREW HOLES

Where you have just marked with your pencil, drill small holes using your power drill. These holes should be relative to the screw size that come in the retractable washing line kit. Each hole should be approximately half of the diameter of the screws you will use.

If mounting on a wall or beam you may not need the screw anchors included in the pack and you can install the retractable clothesline with just the screws. However, if you are mounting your device on a weaker surface, you will need to drill holes begin enough to fit the screw anchors. In these cases, drill your hole and then place the screw anchor within it. Next, gently hit the screw anchor into the hole until secure.

STEP 4 - INSERT YOUR SCREWS

If you are fitting a retractable washing line to a wall or beam use the drill to insert your screw into the hole.

If you are installing your device on a less stable surface, use a screwdriver to insert your screw into the hole.

Screws should only be inserted around three-quarters of the way into the wall, leaving around ¼ of an inch of the screw sticking out from the wall.

STEP 5 - MOUNT YOUR RETRACTABLE WASHING LINE

Get your retractable washing line wall mount, that you previously used to mark your drill holes, and place it over the newly installed screws. The mount should then slide down slightly thanks to the teardrop-shaped holes and secure into place.

STEP 6 - SECURE YOUR SCREWS

Using either a power drill or screwdriver, secure your retractable washing line by fully inserting the screws. Try to get your screws as flush as possible to the installation surface, but don’t push them too far if they will not tighten any further.

STEP 7 - INSTALL YOUR HOOK

Before you are finished installing your retractable clothesline, you will need to insert your hook for the clothesline to connect to. Simply choose your point and drill a hole for the hook. Then simply screw the hook into the hole.

STEP 8 - HANG YOUR WET WASHING TO DRY

Congratulations, you have just installed your retractable washing line. Now hang your washing and enjoy watching your washing dry for free.

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