How to use a tension clip on a rotary washing line?

Wet washing drying on a rotary clothesline using a tension clip.

Rotary washing lines are an affordable, environmentally friendly and natural way to dry your wet washing. The rotating element spins in the wind which increases the amount of air that flows through your articles of wet washing, speeding up the process of drying. This utilisation of the wind combined with the heat and light of the sun makes rotary clotheslines both kind to nature but also your clothes.

It has been scientifically proven that drying your clothes using natural methods is much more beneficial for killing bacteria but also for the fibres in materials. Alternatives such as tumble dryers which use artificial hot air and a rotating barrel can cause irreversible damage to clothes with fibres shrinking or stretching during the drying process.

Another advantage to rotary washing lines is how cheap they are in comparison to other drying methods. Not only is the cost of a rotary clothesline low in the beginning but their expected lifespan of up to 20 years make it a great investment for the long term. They also are relatively cost-free after the purchase there is limited maintenance needed if they are looked after properly. To add to this, you do not have to pay every time you use a rotary washing line to dry your clothes. This is a massive benefit when comparing rotary washing lines against other clothes drying methods such as tumble dryers.  

Saying this, after time rotary washing lines may need some maintenance or a little bit of TLC to get them working to their full potential. One issue that can occur from reoccurring use over a long period of time is the sagging of the clothesline. This will typically be due to the strain of holding heavy wet washing on causing the clotheslines to stretch slightly over time. Due to this misuse sometimes this can cause your device to not fully extend. If that is the case check out our full guide on how to fix a rotary washing line that won’t open.

If this happens to your rotary washing line, then you have a few different options as to what you can do. One option is to use a tension clip. Some rotary washing lines have tension line clips built-in but if not, you can buy a tension line clip and attach it. If you are not sure what a tension clip is or how they work, then do not worry. At Washing-Line we have created this article to explain what a tension clip is and how to use a tension clip!

What is a tension line clip?

A tension line clip is a device used to tighten a clothesline which has begun to sag. They are a small device made of plastic or metal and consist of two sides that are connected at the bottom and click together at the top. The opening and closing of the tension line clip are the unlocking and locking mechanism which is really easy to work.

The one side of the tension line clip will have space which allows you to wrap a clothesline around it. Once you have done this the other side clips back on locking it in place. The way a rotary washing line tension clip works is that the device effectively uses up the excess clothesline by wrapping it up in the device. This returns tension to the line allowing you to hang your wet washing without having to worry about your clothesline sagging.

At Washing-Line we advise that you only use a tension line clip on a rotary clothesline as a last resort. This is due to the fact that a sagging line may already have weak spots due to the stretching of the material over time. Further stretching this line to reintroduce tension and then adding heavy wet washing may cause the clothesline to snap under pressure.

The tension line clip is a temporary solution to a sagging rotary clothesline and should only be in place to provide you with the chance to buy a new rotary washing line or restring your rotary clothesline. Some devices have tension line clips built in to their design, to find out more read our best rotary washing line review!

When to use a tension line clip?

As we previously mentioned, over time your rotary clotheslines may begin to sag. There are a number of different reasons why this might happen including continuous exposure to the weather, lines are tangled, uneven spaces between lines or the rotary washing line is not fully extended. Before you use a tension line clip you need to make sure that you definitely need one.

Using a tension line clip on a rotary washing line that is simply not open properly will have the opposite effect that you desire, causing the clothesline to stretch and then sag when it is properly extended. Test to see if your rotary washing clothesline needs a tension line clip by fully extending it to its locked position and checking that no clotheslines are tangled or caught on the rotary arms.  

If your rotary washing line is fully extended and your clotheslines are still sagging, then you can use a tension line clip to re-tension your clothesline. Some rotary washing lines come with built-in tension line clips. These are much better to use as they tend to be located on the end of the rotary washing line arms allowing you to tighten the clothesline from the end rather than in the middle.

The tension line clip may only work for a little while as the weakened line may then begin to sag and repeating this process will only cause it to weaken further. There are other ways to tighten a rotary washing line. However, you may need to consider the option of restringing your rotary washing line as a long-term solution. Although it sounds daunting it is much easier than you may think, check out our guide on how to restring a rotary washing line?

How to use a tension line clip on a rotary washing line?

There are a few different types of tension line clip for clotheslines available on the market. In this easy to follow how to guide we describe how to use the most common model of a tension line clip that comes with rotary washing lines. If you would like us at Washing-Line to write any more guides on how to use a tension clip for a different design, then get in touch.

Step 1 - Pinch the tension line clip open

Pinch the bottom of the tension line clip to open the mechanism. This unlocks the tension line clip.

Step 2 - Release the loose line end

Tension line clips will have two ends of clothesline stored within the casing. Untie the loose end of the clothesline. It is important that you untie the loose end and NOT the knotted line.

Step 3 - Pull the loose line end through until you get your desired tension

Next, pull the loose end of the clothesline through the rotary washing tension line clip. You should pull this until you reach the desired tension. Make sure not to pull too much of the clothesline through as clotheslines that are too tight may snap.

Step 4 - Re-wind the loose line in the tension clip

Once you have got your desired tension then re-wind the loose end around the tension line clip. Ensure that this is done correctly in order to maintain the new tension of your clothesline.

Step 5 - Secure the loose line back into the tension clip

Pull the loose back around the tension line clip in order to secure it in place.

Step 6 - Close the tension line clip to lock into place

Click the tension line clip back together so that the mechanism is locked. This will prevent the clothesline from being easily pulled back out and your clothesline sagging again.

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