How to replace a fixed rotary washing line?

broken rotary washing line that needs replacing.

There are several different reasons as to why you might be wondering how to replace a fixed rotary washing line. Whether you are looking at replacing an old device, upgrading to a larger rotary clothesline or simply wanting to move your rotary washing line to a different location in your garden. To successfully move or replace a rotary washing line it is relatively easy, it just might take a bit of time and a little patience. 

The first thing you need to consider when replacing a rotary washing line is the current model you have and the new rotary washing line model you want to replace it with. Choosing a rotary washing line that is similar to your previous device can make this whole process as easy as removing one and putting another in its place. On the other hand, choosing a different size or new style rotary washing line may leave you with a little extra work to do. 

Don’t worry though, because at Washing-Line we have you covered! We have done our research and come up with several easy to follow guides on how to replace a rotary washing line regardless of the size or style.

Guides to Replacing Rotary Washing Lines

Replacing a fixed rotary washing line can be as easy as removing one device from the ground socket to putting another in. Unfortunately, it can also be the most time consuming and awkward way to replace a rotary washing line. In this section, we look at the two different ways of replacing fixed rotary washing lines.

Replacing a Fixed Rotary Washing Line (Without Removing Concrete Base)

Obviously, the ideal scenario is the first option whereby you take one device out and you put a new one in! If you’re looking at replacing your rotary washing line and you haven’t yet bought your new rotary washing line, then you have the opportunity to try and go for this option. Fixed rotary washing lines fit into a ground socket that is cemented into the ground. These devices can simply be pulled up by the pole (be careful they can be heavy) and lifted out of this socket. As you would expect the sockets are at a set diameter designed to hug the rotary washing line post when it is inside to keep it stable.

Step 1 - Remove Rotary Washing Line From Ground Socket

To opt for this simple process of replacing a fixed rotary washing line, you should measure the diameter of the rotary washing line pole. The easiest way to do this is to remove the rotary clothesline from the ground socket.

Step 2 - Measure the Pole Diameter

After removing the rotary washing line, measure the bottom of the post (you can also measure the diameter of the ground socket for extra accuracy). Another measurement to consider is the depth of the ground socket although these are fairly standard across all rotary washing line models. 

Step 3 - Search for Similar Size Rotary Clothesline

Once you have these measurements, look for rotary washing lines with the same pole diameter and depth. If you are unsure of what rotary washing line to choose then read our best rotary washing line review.

Step 4 - Slot New Rotary Clothesline Into Ground Socket

Choosing a rotary washing line of similar measurements means that when it arrives all you need to do is simply slot the new device into the existing ground socket. 

Replacing a Fixed Rotary Washing Line (Removing Concrete Base)

As we previously mentioned the second way to replace a fixed rotary washing line is slightly trickier. If you are replacing a rotary washing line with a new model which does not fit the existing ground socket then this is the guide for you. The first thing we will note is that the best and fastest way to do this is using power tools. You will also need the assistance of another person to help. At Washing-Line we advise getting professional contractors to help. The process will only take professionals an hour or two to complete which won’t be too expensive and is a lot safer.

Step 1 - Prepare Power Tools and Safety Equipment

The power tools needed to remove a rotary washing line are an angle grinder and jackhammer. It goes without saying that these tools are dangerous and should only be operated with the appropriate safety equipment such as ear defenders, goggles and gloves. 

Step 2 - Cut the Rotary Washing Line Pole (Optional)

The angle grinder will be used to cut the rotary washing line device to make it easier to dispose of, as well as easier to remove the concrete holding the ground socket. If your rotary washing line device can be lifted from the ground socket then the angle grinder will not be needed.

Step 3 - Jackhammer Around the Ground Socket

The next step is to remove the concrete base. Even if you intend on replacing your rotary washing line into the same place it is easier to remove the whole concrete slab and then install the new rotary washing line. The easiest way to remove the concrete base is to use a jackhammer. Start at the edge and work your way around the socket and then work inwards. 

Step 4 - Use a Crowbar to Remove Concrete

Once you have cracked the concrete, use a crowbar to lift the sections of concrete. Use a good angle to create leverage when doing this to make this step easier. 

Step 5 - Remove the Ground Socket and Concrete

Completing these steps should then allow you to remove your rotary washing line ground socket. If the socket is not able to be removed after this you may need to use a spade to dig away the soil around the rotary washing line post.

Step 6 - Install Your New Rotary Washing Line

After removing the concrete you are ready to install your new rotary washing line. To do this use our easy to follow step by step guide on how to install a rotary washing line!

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