How to install a rotary washing line?

Rotary clothesline fully installed in a garden.

The rotary washing line is a great way to dry wet clothes without much effort or breaking the bank. There are a range of affordable rotary washing lines available which after the initial purchase literally cost nothing to dry your clothes. Their clever design which allows the rotation of the device leading to more air flowing through the clothes has made it a common feature in most household gardens. In this article we guide you on how to install a rotary washing line with and easy to follow step-by-step process.

Whilst watching the washing line spin in the wind you may have wondered how does the main structure remain so steady during blustery weather. This stability is all down to the strong concrete base that the rotary washing pole sits in and is an important part of the design. More recently new designs have come onto the market including portable rotary washing lines which use a weighted base in order to maintain their structure. However, these are not the most sturdy and are more suited to casual use for campers or caravaners who are on the move as opposed to being regularly used in a household garden.

If you have ever seen a rotary washing line tilted, wobbly or falling over then it is most likely down to the poor quality installation. So how can you avoid this problem and make sure that your rotary line is fully secured the first time? There is a technique of how to install a rotary washing line correctly that should provide you with years of use without worrying about stability. Read our step-by-step guide on how to install a rotary washing line below to find out how.

Tools needed to install a rotary washing line

Before you start installing a rotary clothes line you need to make sure that you have all the right tools for the job. It is also important to know all the parts of a rotary washing line. The tools and equipment you will need to properly install a rotary washing line are:

Spade: Before a rotary washing line can be installed into the ground a foundation base must be dug out.

Rotary Clothes Line: Obviously to set up the rotary washing line you need to have it close by.

Spirit Level: For rotary clothes lines to be as effective as possible they require to be perfectly upright, this allows the wind to help spin the main element regardless of what direction it is coming from.

Post Mix Pack: Rotary clothes lines remain perfectly upright due to a solid cement base that prevents the wind from moving the pole whilst spinning the rotating head.

Bucket of Water: You will need a bucket of water ready to combine with the pack of post-mix to create the base that your rotary washing line will sit in. 

The best thing about installing a rotary washing line is that you will most likely have the majority of these tools and equipment already. If you are missing any of these items, they are relatively cheap and can be bought at your nearest DIY store.

How to install a Rotary Clothesline?

The first task you need to complete is to create the space and install the rotary clothesline post. This may seem a bit of a daunting task if you have never done anything similar before, but installing a rotary washing line post is really not as hard as you may think. 

Step 1 - Decide where to place your rotary washing line

Firstly, you will need to plan the position the clothesline so it can move freely without getting caught on any obstacles. The position of the rotary washing line is also important as it needs to be exposed to the wind if possible to aid in rotating the washing line as clothes dry. If your outside space is really open and the device will be exposed to the elements a lot then we recommend buying a heavy-duty washing line. As a rule of thumb at Washing-Line, we advise you to and avoid using plastic rotary clotheslines as they just break far too easily.

Step 2 - Mark out the area for your rotary washing line

Once you have selected where you are going to position the rotary clothesline you then need to mark out the plot where you are going to place it. To do this, make a square that is spade width and remove the top level of the grass. Ensure not to hack at the grass and try to keep it as once piece, this means that you can replace this afterwards.

Step 3 - Dig out the marked area

The next step is fairly obvious. You now need to dig out a space that is the same depth as your rotary washing line support. Ensure that you do not dig too deep as this will lead to your rotary clothesline being shorter and less exposed to the weather. 

Step 4 - Fill the hole with water to halfway

Making sure that the post connector stays straight the whole time add water until the hole you have dug out is halfway full. You can use a spirit level to make sure that your post base stays perfectly straight during this step.

Step 5 - Add the post-mix to the hole

Next, gradually add the post-mix making sure it fully mixes with the water. You should always follow the instructions on the packet of the post-mix you have as some vary slightly although most work the same. During this step, you need to keep checking that the post connect is straight with a spirit level to make sure you don’t end up with a leaning rotary washing line. 

Step 6 - Hold the post connector in place for 5 minutes

Post mix is relatively fast setting so you will not have a long wait before it begins to harden and secure the post in place. It is vitally important that your post connector is perfectly horizontal during this step as it is potentially difficult and messy to reposition a rotary washing line post when set. 

Step 7 - Insert your rotary washing line post

As soon as the post-mix has set and your post connector is stable in the ground you can put your rotary washing line in. If you have followed all of these steps correctly you should have a perfectly straight rotary washing line ready to go! 

Step 8 - Replace the grass section

To finish off the task, replace the section of grass that you cut out in step 3. This will hide the base of your rotary washing line and make your outside area look more attractive.

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