How do you use a twist and lock mechanism on a rotary washing line?

twist and lock mechanism on a rotary washing line.

The twist and lock rotary washing line is one of the most common mechanisms used in rotary washing lines available on the market. You can easily identify a twist and lock mechanism by looking at the neck of the rotary washing line. If this has diagonal looking slots which include a small catching piece from the rotary washing line pole then it is likely you have a twist and lock mechanism.

The advantages of a twist and lock mechanism are that it is really easy to use, cheap to build and robust so that they do not break easily. In this article, we will provide you with an easy to follow guide on how to use a twist and lock mechanism on a rotary washing.

Twist and Lock Mechanism Guide

If you are wondering how a twist and lock mechanism on a rotary washing line then you are in the right place. At Washing-Line we have made a complete guide on how to operate a twist and lock mechanism on a rotary clothesline. 

How to use a twist and lock mechanism to open a rotary washing line?

To open a rotary washing line using a twist and lock mechanism it is a really easy process. To open a rotary washing line that uses a twist and lock mechanism firstly you need to locate the mechanism which will be on the neck of the post. When looking at a twist and lock mechanism you will be able to see how the device works and the path that the device slides along.

At this point, some twist and lock mechanisms will have a locking button which will need to be pressed to release the rotary element. Next, twist the mechanism pushing it upwards. The rotary washing line will naturally guide you in the correct direction as you lift it up. Keep lifting the device until it reaches its highest point where it will lock into place. Your rotary washing line is now fully extended and ready to dry your wet washing. 

How to use a twist and lock mechanism to collapse a rotary washing line?

The process of collapsing a rotary washing line using a twist and lock mechanism is also relatively easy. Simply, repeat the process outlined above in reverse order. To begin, grab the mechanism on the neck of the rotary washing line and either lift it slightly or click it in to release the locking system.

Once you have done this lower the rotary washing line device and watch the arms and clothesline collapse into the post. Keep lowering the device until its at the lowest point or it clicks into the locked position. Your rotary washing line is now collapsed allowing you to remove it from the ground socket, apply a cover or simply leave it be.

What are the other types of rotary washing line mechanisms?

So now you know how to use a twist and lock mechanism on a rotary washing line you may be wondering what are the different types of other rotary washing line mechanisms. As always at Washing-Line we have you covered.

Some rotary clotheslines use a mechanism known as the ‘slide and lock’. Alternatively, some models such as Brabantia rotary washing lines use their own terminology which is the ‘Lift-O-Matic’ mechanism. To raise and collapse a rotary washing line with a mechanism like these it is very similar to using a twist and lock. However, instead of twisting the mechanism before sliding it up the pole you simply press in the tab to release the head element before sliding it up or down. These rotary washing lines also have a lock system which is typically and indent or a lip which the device catches on to secure itself in position.

Another rotary washing lines use hoist mechanisms, these are easy to identify as they have a handle typically halfway up the washing line post. A hoist mechanism works by turning the handle one way in order to extend the rotary arms and clothesline out and turning the handle in the opposite direction to collapse the head of the device. Within hoist rotary washing lines there is a ‘gearbox’ which controls this movement.

At Washing-Line we have created a complete guide to the different types of rotary washing line. Make sure you check it out if you want to learn more.

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