What are the common rotary washing line problems?

Example of a faulty rotary washing lines that needs fixing.

As with all household tools and gadgets that we have these days, there are a couple of typically common problems that can occur with rotary washing lines. By knowing what these common issues are and how best to deal or avoid these then you can really increase the lifespan of your device. The best thing about rotary washing lines is how simple the devices are. An advantage of this is that it means there is a limited number of things that can go wrong so you can usually find a quick fix. 

To make it easier for you to find out what are the common faults with rotary washing lines are, we have made a complete list along with suggestions on how to avoid it as well as solutions. If you have not yet decided on which device to buy then read our best rotary washing line review to make the right choice for you.

Washing-Line Tip: One thing we should note before we begin is that a lot of rotary washing lines come with guarantees that cover any damage or incorrect functioning of the device. You should always check the length of your guarantee and what it includes before you try to fix a rotary washing line yourself. 


Incorrect Installation

At Washing-Line we can confidently predict that the majority of common rotary washing line problems are due to the incorrect installation. When installing a rotary clothesline device, it is vital that you follow the instructions of the manufacturer closely and ensure that you take your time. Depending on the type of rotary washing line you have, the installation processes vary. 

Some are simple metal ground spikes which fit directly in the ground which are great for convenience. However, if they are not hammered into the ground properly or the ground, they are installed into is too soft this can cause the device to lean. A leaning rotary washing line will not be as effective at spinning and may cause clean washing to droop on to the ground. To avoid this, ensure that when installing a metal spike into the ground that it is firmly in place and perfectly straight. If you have ensured this and the rotary washing line still leans, then it may be worth moving the rotary washing line to firmer ground to prevent the base moving.

The other most common way to install a rotary washing line is to cement a base into the ground. This may sound difficult but is a relatively simple process. All manufacturers include easy to follow step-by-step guides on how to install a concrete base for a rotary washing line. If for some reason you do not have these instructions at Washing-Line we have a great how to install a rotary washing line guide for you.

Common issues that occur with the incorrect installation of a rotary washing line are leaning or falling of the device. To solve this there is no other real option than to start the installation process again which is understandably frustrating. This is why it is very important to take your time and follow the instructions in order to ensure that you correctly install your rotary washing line.

Sagging Clotheslines

One of the most common issues with rotary washing lines is the sagging of the clothesline. The sagging is caused by over-stretching of the clotheslines which leads to a drooping of the line when washing is hung up. This can be down to several different reasons such as incorrect erecting or collapsing, cheap low-quality clotheslines, exposure to elements, excess weight straining the line or general wear over time.

Some rotary washing lines include solutions included within their design such as tension line clips. These work by using up some of the clothesline which reduces the amount of line between the rotary arms causing them to tighten. Another solution is to re-wire your rotary washing line. Although this may sound difficult it is relatively straight forward and can be completed by anyone. 

Frayed or Snapped Clotheslines

Similarly to the sagging of a clothesline, improper use, over-tightening or just general wear may cause a clothesline to fray or snap. Frayed lines are much less common as clotheslines are typically coated with plastic to prevent this. Whether your rotary clothesline frays or snaps the only real permanent solution to these problems is to restring your rotary device.

New clotheslines can be purchased from most hardware or household stores and are much cheaper than purchasing a whole new device. Somethings that you need to consider when buying a new clothesline are the length, strength and quality. If you are unsure what to do once you have bought your new clothesline read our easy to follow guide on how to restring a rotary washing line.

Stiffness of the Gearbox Mechanism

Some rotary washing lines are operated with a handle which you turn in order to extend or retract the rotary washing arms. In these models, the inside of this mechanism is known as the gearbox and sometimes this can stop working. A common reason for this is that there is a blockage or there is simply not enough oil to lubricate the mechanism. If you find that the turning handle of your rotary washing line is becoming stiff or is not moving at all then re-oiling the device should go along way.

Another thing you should do is ensure that the drainage hole is clear as a blockage here may back up into the gearbox mechanism. All manufacturers provide advice on how to keep the drainage hole clear for the specific rotary washing line device you have purchased. 

Rotary Section Not Opening

Probably the most common fault with rotary washing lines that we get at Washing-Line is the fact that a rotary washing line won’t fully open. There are two main reasons why this might happen. The first is that the mechanism is locked or jammed to rectify this you may need to oil the device slightly in order to loosen it. 

The second and probably most common reason for this is that the clotheslines are tangled around the rotary washing line arms. This means that the device won’t fully extend when pushed up. To solve this issue gently raise the rotary washing line until it is half extended and ensure that none of the clotheslines are caught around the rotary arms. Once you have sorted this problem gently try extending the rotary washing line fully again. If you have correctly untangled the clothesline then the device should now extend fully without an issue. 

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