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Post# 1066011   4/5/2020 at 09:46 (232 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza)        

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If you have a clothesline please share.

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Post# 1066031 , Reply# 1   4/5/2020 at 11:10 (232 days old) by parunner58 (Davenport, FL)        

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HOA here in Davenport Florida will not allow clothes lines. I remember when I my aunt and uncle moved here in the 90's, they live in Tarpon Springs. My aunt put one up in the garage and a neighbor saw it one day and ratted her out to the HOA and they told her she had to take down. I'm not sure if she did. We just hang things in the laundry room or I lay them over the patio furniture in the back yard. You would think with the environment, they would allow it. But in know they probably don't want people leaving things out for days. We have the garbage can rule. Can't put it out any earlier than the evening before pickup and must be taken in and stored before
the next morning.


Post# 1066040 , Reply# 2   4/5/2020 at 11:34 (232 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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I live in an apartment, so no clotheslines here, but when the weather is good I use a drying rack.

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Post# 1066041 , Reply# 3   4/5/2020 at 11:39 (232 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza)        

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Yeah I know that in some places in US they ban you from hanging clothes out.
But even in your garage it's a new thing.
Honestly I find it absurd that something like that may even exist and I wouldn't want to live in a place like that even if they paid me to, besides is unacceptable and crazy in a country that boasts about its citizen's freedom and freedom as a value.
It doesn't seem so free...but the opposite, in your garage?℅
I could understand your lawn and the trash cans, but in my garage I do the hell I want to do.
But for that matter I knew that Florida is one of the states where the right to dry movement became law.
So you might appeal to that.
And to the neighbors? Just say, you put one also and strangle yourself on it.
I use the dryer 90℅ of the times but it's a matter of principle.


Post# 1066045 , Reply# 4   4/5/2020 at 12:04 (232 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

We have one in our back yard, the square kind with the coated wires. I have to admit it is a bit of an embarrassment probably to the neighbors. The support arms on top are quite rusty. It has my weather station sensor on top.

We don't use it that often, but do use it sometimes, mostly to hang things like small rugs, or heavier coats that otherwise wouldn't do well in the dryer. We also put the bed sheets on it sometimes.

Most of our clothes that we don't put in the dryer (like most shirts) we just hang up in the laundry room.

It did come in quite handy when Hurricane Irma came through. We plugged the washing machine into the generator and hung all of our laundry up on it. Since it was hot and dry out it worked very well. The power was out for 2.5 weeks so we were running out of socks and underwear!

I haven't seen clotheslines much at other places in my area, so I think they have gone out of fashion I guess. And of course the mentioned HOA and deed restricted areas where you can't have them, along with other things.


Post# 1066055 , Reply# 5   4/5/2020 at 13:14 (232 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza)        

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I dry everything in the dryer even fine woolens or angora as it has the rack.
But I like to hang out from time to time, especially when we are running out of LP gas in the tank, then if sunny or even beter windy i hang out... and they take weeks to come recharge it so better have It for cooking and heating rather than drying.


Post# 1066063 , Reply# 6   4/5/2020 at 13:59 (232 days old) by DADoES (TX,†U.S. of A.)        

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I don't have a clothesline.† Could perhaps run some rope or wire amongst the back porch/patio support posts but have never felt the need.


Post# 1066064 , Reply# 7   4/5/2020 at 14:12 (232 days old) by RP2813 (Sannazay)        

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I have a vintage retractable "Cordomatic" clothesline on a reel that I found at a garage sale.   I know it will last longer than the two cheap plastic modern versions that broke on me.

 

This is a picture of a NOS/NIB Corodmatic.  The blue paint was faded on mine so I gave it a spray of beige to blend into the shed that it's mounted on.

 

Antique Retractable Cordomatic Clothesline Reel W/plastic Line ...


Post# 1066072 , Reply# 8   4/5/2020 at 15:04 (232 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

We used to have clotheslines in our backyard. There were two steel posts with crossbars, and were about 30' apart. There were 3 lines attached. The posts got rusty by the late 70's, so the lines were taken down, and posts dug out. About that time, I bought my mom a Cordomatic clothesline reel for her Mother's Day present. I attached it to the back wall of the house, and put a hook into a tree for it to fasten to. It was used occasionally until I had to remove it to remove the old siding.

A few months ago I bought a folding drying rack, but haven't used it yet. I'm going to assemble it today, as I want to wash some things tomorrow. Don't know if washateria is open or not, but I'm afraid to go anyway, since people always are coughing in there under normal circumstances.


Post# 1066082 , Reply# 9   4/5/2020 at 16:22 (232 days old) by lakewebsterkid (Dayton, Ohio)        
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Not sure you would like to see my clothes lined up from my shower curtain rod. Generally I set the dryer to less dry and hang a few items up, only in winter though. Helps quite a bit when the heat is on all the time. The clothesline hopefully will be coming out here soon. Weather in Ohio as been quite weird lately.

Post# 1066086 , Reply# 10   4/5/2020 at 16:55 (232 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        
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Boy your HOA is harsh!

 

 I’m the pres. of our HOA and have been on the board of 24 of the 25 years we’ve lived here and I would never tell a resident that they couldn’t have a clothesline in their garage! We don’t have garages, but even so, thats just unreasonable.  

 

Our CC&Rs also prohibit clotheslines, but a few residents have them, my next door neighbor for one, and we have an umbrella clothesline that we used to use, but haven’t in a while.  Our backyards aren’t visible from the front of the homes and as long as people are respectful of their neighbors and there are no complaints, our board and myself leave them the hell alone.

 

This is the kind of nonsense that gives condos and HOA’s a bad name.  We aren’t all like that.

 

I’m way more concerned about people that damage the property or make unapproved structural alterations.  A few sheets, towels and briefs hanging out for a few hours is not going to hurt anyone.  I say choose the hill you’re going to die on.

 

Eddie

 


Post# 1066114 , Reply# 11   4/5/2020 at 18:56 (232 days old) by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Growing up near everyone had them, usually the T frame going across the back yard with 3 or 4 wires strung between.. I have a single line pulley at this house,, right outside the laundry room door strung up to big Oak tree at the back of the yard.. I really like it. .

Post# 1066119 , Reply# 12   4/5/2020 at 19:31 (232 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I have 2 long pulley lines but unable to use them yet this year as it has not warmed up at all and wont stop raining.

Post# 1066126 , Reply# 13   4/5/2020 at 20:34 (232 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

I got my drying rack put together; fortunately it was very easy. Seems to be fairly sturdy.

A moderate amount of people in my area have clotheslines in their yards. Anyone who would try banning them in this area would probably be beat up or tarred & feathered.


Post# 1066127 , Reply# 14   4/5/2020 at 20:42 (232 days old) by simpsomatic (Melb, Aust-now Palm Springs,US)        
Clothes lines

If you want to see a real clothesline google "Hills Hoists Australia". There is one in every backyard from the 1950's until today.....

Post# 1066130 , Reply# 15   4/5/2020 at 21:03 (232 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza)        

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By living in Italy I see them basically every day everywhere.😂😂
But I know that outside the US they're pretty much common everywhere also.

Australia too. Indeed it seems like it's very common the umbrella kind there.
I have one also of those, my aunt gave me one but I like my pulleys, no back and forth with baskets clothes and pins. The line moves for me and I stay still with everything handy.
In Canada also in some areas it's full of them. Montreal or the East like Newfoundland.


Post# 1066131 , Reply# 16   4/5/2020 at 21:19 (232 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Have 100' on 5 lines outside, they get used a lot in good weather. Also have two lines in the basement, I've never not had a clothesline.

That Cordomatic is beautiful, that must be the deluxe model. I have my grandmother's from her laundry room. I used it for many years myself, but it needs new line.


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Post# 1066177 , Reply# 17   4/6/2020 at 06:35 (231 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Depedns on climate.

I used one in the warmer months at my first house for sheets and towels. My mom had one always, even after she got her first dryer when I was four. In winter, she hung laundry in the basement to dry.

Post# 1066193 , Reply# 18   4/6/2020 at 08:58 (231 days old) by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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This photo was taken March 21st.  We've had this U-shaped clothesline for over 15 years now.  The company that makes them also makes cattle stalls.  It's the same steel tubing and coating that's used for the stalls.  Ours is the 20ft version.  These are also very popular with the Amish communities west of Wausau.



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Post# 1066198 , Reply# 19   4/6/2020 at 09:35 (231 days old) by Oliger (Indianapolis, Indiana)        

I have a clothesline between my house and the garage. There is a large hook next to the back door, and a large hook on the side of the garage. There is a pulley clothesline between the two. Besides the general fresh smell of line dried laundry, it is a necessity for me. I have a waterbed that uses California king sheets. Never in a million years would that dry in the dryer.

Post# 1066200 , Reply# 20   4/6/2020 at 09:41 (231 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        

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I’ve been drying Cal King sheets in a dryer since 1982 with no problems.  Granted they smell nicer dried in the sunshine, but any regular size dryer can dry a set of Cal King sheets.

 

Eddie


Post# 1066315 , Reply# 21   4/7/2020 at 05:49 (230 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Bed linens today.

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Post# 1066316 , Reply# 22   4/7/2020 at 06:22 (230 days old) by ozzie908 (Lincoln UK)        
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That looks like a lovely spot to have breakfast! Such a wonderful view.

Post# 1066321 , Reply# 23   4/7/2020 at 07:28 (230 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        
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More like lunch and dinner. The balcony is facing south, but at breakfast time it can still be a bit chilly there. However on warm days it's nice to sit there early in the morning.

Post# 1066325 , Reply# 24   4/7/2020 at 08:35 (230 days old) by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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what you may or may not know about washing/drying of Waterbed sheets compared to standard bedding, is with WaterBed sheets, the top and bottom are attached...

I was fortunate to find sets that allowed you to separate them for laundering, just basically big buttons along the bottom...later I learned to separate other sets and add my own buttons...just made them a lot easier to manage


Post# 1066341 , Reply# 25   4/7/2020 at 09:55 (230 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        
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I never heard of waterbed sheets with the top and bottom sheets attached, you learn something new everyday.  I owned a waterbed in the mid 70’s for about 2 years.  It was double be size and then I just threw a flat double sheet on top of the waterbed mattress tucked it in all around the sides and the weight of the water held it in place, ditto for the the top sheet, but I just tucked that in at the bottom.

 

Now that I’ve learned this new bit of info I can understand why line drying these sheets would be better.

Eddie


Post# 1066342 , Reply# 26   4/7/2020 at 10:08 (230 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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I had a waterbed until 3 years ago. No attached sheets but I had fitted sheets to cover the whole waterbed and a regular duvet with cover on it.

Post# 1066344 , Reply# 27   4/7/2020 at 10:13 (230 days old) by Ultramatic (New York City)        

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Clothes lines are forbidden here. We have large terraces and quite honestly there is nothing so unsightly as laundry hanging from every terrace. There is always one who tries to get away with it but they're always caught. The apartments came with a rack in the bathroom which were quite small, I guess for unmentionables. The COOP complex wanted you to do your laundry downstairs in the laundry room. For drying I use a folding drying rack and of course the Maytag dryer.


Post# 1066352 , Reply# 28   4/7/2020 at 10:45 (230 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I FINALLY was able to hang out today for the first time this year and just about froze my fingers. This will probably be the last time for a while as a major snowstorm is predicted to hit Thursday and Friday with a foot or more of cement. Some spring we are having.

Post# 1066395 , Reply# 29   4/7/2020 at 19:43 (230 days old) by Mickeyd (Hamburg NY)        
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Because, after sex, --either alone or with others-- and playing with washing machines, hanging out laundry is my most favorite thing in the world, and I do it all year round. I have a million pics of my obsession. Here are too many. Thanks for the opportunity. Hope you like 'em!

The first few are of napkins collected over the years, dirtied at a huge family party last summer, around 65 napkins; the side lawn photos were shot during Winter where the sun is farthest west and beyond the deck. Many seasons, many machines. No snowy clothesline pics available now. Regrets.


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Post# 1066443 , Reply# 30   4/8/2020 at 09:29 (229 days old) by gizmo (Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Au)        
spoiled for choice

we don't own a clothes dryer but we have two clotheslines - one beside the house and an under cover one in the greenhouse. The greenhouse one is fantastic for drying in wet weather. I often go out to hang up washing and come back inside with a few veges...

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Post# 1066509 , Reply# 31   4/8/2020 at 17:42 (229 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza)        

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So wonderful Michael and it must be beautiful to do laundry outside... with your machines.
I'm having this luck also.
Now that I live in the country in our mansion I have plenty of space to do laundry outside in the Summer and have 4-5 machines running, beside mosquitoes at around 19:00 it is so great and I can sunbathe having lots of cooling shooters while doing what for me also after sex and food I like most doing laundry😂😂


Post# 1066510 , Reply# 32   4/8/2020 at 17:43 (229 days old) by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza)        

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Chris, they must dry in a heartbeat inside there


Post# 1066634 , Reply# 33   4/9/2020 at 12:23 (228 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Love the pictures!
My mom always hung laundry out when weather permitted, but also had a dryer.
I have wonderful childhood memories of laundry days!
She had both pulley lines between the house and a telephone pole in the back yard, as well as a couple of different styles of free-standing ones over the years.
We don't have them at our house now, although I from time to time entertain the idea of putting some up.
I do have allergies though, and I have read that I should therefore never hang laundry outside.

Barry


Post# 1067272 , Reply# 34   4/14/2020 at 00:36 (223 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

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Sun was out today, very breezy and unseasonably cool. Perfect day to get laundry caught up. Hung most everything out except mattress cover, ran out of space on the clothesline. I love the clean smell on everything and the sun bleaches the whites pretty good.
Learned a hard lesson this go round, had bought some Sun Triple Clean detergent (lower shelf) to try on sheets and what I thought would be lightly soiled garments. Yeah, I won't be making that mistake again. The term "flavored water" pretty much sums it up. I usually use All Free & Clear.

Barry


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Post# 1067505 , Reply# 35   4/15/2020 at 13:03 (222 days old) by eurekastar (Amarillo, Texas)        

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Growing up, a clothes line is the only way I knew clothes could get dry.  I guess I was unaware that there were tumble dryers.  But living in west Texas, there was always plenty of sun, wind, and low humidity to get clothes quickly dried!

 


Post# 1067565 , Reply# 36   4/16/2020 at 05:31 (221 days old) by foraloysius (Leeuwarden, Friesland, the Netherlands)        

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Dazzling white polo shirts today.

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Post# 1067614 , Reply# 37   4/16/2020 at 13:09 (221 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

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Found this on a support group site I belong to. Yes, there were rules back in the day. LOL. Well, I guess there was anyway.
My grandmother's rules were: Get the laundry done EARLY in the day and get them out on the line. If the sun is shining, even if it's cold, they will dry. Didn't bother to hid the unmentionables! LOL. Anyone's thoughts?

Barry


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Post# 1067617 , Reply# 38   4/16/2020 at 13:22 (221 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        
Barry,

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your grandma’s rules for hanging out the laundry is exactly how I always hung out the laundry.  Especially using only one clothes pin between items hung next to each other.  I always took pride in how neatly I could hang my laundry.  Some of the hap hazard order of clothes hanging on clotheslines I’ve seen just make my OCD go into overdrive. LOL

 

Thanks for sharing this.

 

Eddie


Post# 1067619 , Reply# 39   4/16/2020 at 13:34 (221 days old) by mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

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Eddie, I love it!!! LOL. LOL. That's how I feel too. OCD...LOL. LOL.

Barry


Post# 1067620 , Reply# 40   4/16/2020 at 13:37 (221 days old) by ea56 (Cotati, Calif.)        
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Ah, a kindred spirit!  

 

Glad I could put a smile on your facesmile!

 

Happy hangin’ my friend.

 

Eddie


Post# 1067621 , Reply# 41   4/16/2020 at 13:38 (221 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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Those were my Grandma's and Mother's rules as well. I still follow them.


Post# 1068029 , Reply# 42   4/18/2020 at 22:15 (219 days old) by suds14 (Pittsburgh)        
My clothsline

Here are pictures of my clothes line. First is just the lines the second is most of the wash hanging. I hang out everything love that fresh air smell.

David


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Post# 1068097 , Reply# 43   4/19/2020 at 08:37 (218 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        
David,

That's neat. I've never seen them configured like that.
I like the old "four square" houses in your neighborhood. That type of house has always appealed to me.

Barry


Post# 1068121 , Reply# 44   4/19/2020 at 11:06 (218 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Like that 3 or 4

square brick house behind yours. Like my grams was in Midland, and my aunts, but hers had arched window casing brick molds and small keystones.

Post# 1068458 , Reply# 45   4/21/2020 at 07:36 (216 days old) by Xraytech (Rural southwest Pennsylvania )        

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Very nice setup David
I see you have the aluminum clothesline props like the ones I use, mine were grandmas.
What part of a Pittsburgh are you in?


Post# 1068481 , Reply# 46   4/21/2020 at 10:43 (216 days old) by suds14 (Pittsburgh)        

Hi Sam

I have about 20 props some I had bought 30 years ago when I got married, and I got many more from mom and a neighbor sons of whom I helped wash when I was little gave me his mother's props when she passed away about 15 years ago. I shared some of those with my sister in laws, although they do not hang out as much as I do. If I would have kept all the props I would have over 40. You can get them like this anymore. I also have 9 clothes posts. I use 5 every week I take them in & out so they wont rust away.I also have a milk crate full of old wooden clothes pins that came from all the older people in my family. No one else wanted them.

David


Post# 1069393 , Reply# 47   4/26/2020 at 09:55 (211 days old) by suds14 (Pittsburgh)        
Better view of clothes line

Here is a picture of my lines yesterday. I took the picture from the upstairs window.

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Post# 1069406 , Reply# 48   4/26/2020 at 12:59 (211 days old) by bendix5 (Central Point, Oregon)        

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Wow, that is a work of art using all of the props. Everything in order too.

Post# 1069408 , Reply# 49   4/26/2020 at 13:08 (211 days old) by philcobendixduo (San Jose)        
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The first picture is the retractable line I used to use before getting my new "Latvian Clothes Dryer" seen in the second picture.
There used to be a pool shed in this side yard so the end of the retractable line was attached to that.
It had to be propped up with a wood pole in the middle so as not to sag.
Now the pool shed (and the pool) is gone, I have more room for drying clothes.
The "Latvian Clothes Dryer" is from Brabantia and is made in Latvia.
It can hold up to four full loads of laundry easily.
I LOVE the smell of clothes dried outside!


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Post# 1069532 , Reply# 50   4/27/2020 at 09:44 (210 days old) by brainardcooper (Columbia, SC)        
Clothes Line

Here is mine from yesterday. I have had an outdoor Clothes Line at every house I have owned, and always will have one. I hang clothes on the line or the Drying Rack 90+% of the time. I only use the dryer for "emergencies" or when I need towels for company as many do not like the way the towels feel off the line.

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Post# 1069664 , Reply# 51   4/28/2020 at 08:55 (209 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Not hanging

my Aussiebum's outside for the neighbors to see. No privacy fence on one side yet.

Post# 1069777 , Reply# 52   4/28/2020 at 21:30 (209 days old) by Gyrafoam (Roanoke, VA)        

Just waiting for the pollen to get through doing its thing.
Nothing better than summer clothes washed in Ariel and hung out to dry in the sun.


Post# 1069859 , Reply# 53   4/29/2020 at 10:04 (208 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Pollen

hasn't began yet here. Overnight lows were still in the 30's last week.

Post# 1069869 , Reply# 54   4/29/2020 at 11:44 (208 days old) by bradfordwhite (space coast)        

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Nothing more comforting that the fresh smell of line dried sheets on a sunny day.  

 

The sun is also a bleaching agent so it is sanitizing. 

 

In the 70s, We copied our our neighbor and got a Sears pull out clothes line.  

 

Word of warning when buying a home or renting an apartment: Always write into your contract the necessity of reviewing the HOA rules and signing off your approval as a condition.  Also knowing what your renting ahead of time will save you from being around the clothes-line-depraved souls. 


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Post# 1069920 , Reply# 55   4/29/2020 at 17:12 (208 days old) by cycla-fabric (New Jersey)        

We have a clothesline like the the post above and enjoy putting out the laundry in the summertime or when the weather permits it. This spring has been cold and wet in NJ and the line is out, but I can't use it as we get 1 nice day and the rest is cold and wet. We are going to go from cold and wet to hot and dry, and no in between time. Oh well at least we can have a clothesline with no one complaining. Use a clothesline and reduce your carbon footprint I say.

Doug


Post# 1091324 , Reply# 56   9/30/2020 at 10:55 by Kenmoreguy89 (Valenza)        

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September laundry....

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Post# 1091340 , Reply# 57   9/30/2020 at 12:47 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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Here in some parts of the State, your laundry would have something in common with bacon...smoked.


Post# 1091347 , Reply# 58   9/30/2020 at 13:51 by Maytag85 (Sean A806)        
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Not only smoked but caked with dust as well and that may be a exaggeration but itís too dusty here in Hemet to line dry anything so all of it in the dryer it goes.

Post# 1091414 , Reply# 59   9/30/2020 at 20:20 by iej (Ireland)        

Ireland, by European or even possibly North American standards, is a bit of an outlier when it comes to apartments (condos). Only 4% of us live in apartments / condos / flats. So line drying has been a feature of everyday life for as long as people have been doing laundry.

The climate here however, can be pretty wet. A recent survey I was looking at has about 70% of households here own a clothes dryer and an increasing number of those seem to be heat pumps, which is also possibly driving uptake higher as theyíre less energy hogging and less annoying than simpler condensers or through the wall vented machines.

However, youíll still find a lot of people who will line dry when possible and may finish items off in a machine or only use the machine when the weather is wet (frequently).

For rental properties here you have to provide at least a fridge, cooking appliances, a washer and a dryer (or washer-dryer combined units are legally acceptable - the landlord specials are often ... emm special in the sense theyíre useless!)

However in apartments (condos or rentals) weíve management companies which are owned by the households in the building and until all the units are sold, the developer usually retains shares. Many of these, like US HOAs are absolutely paranoid about laundry or anything else (eg satellite dishes) visible from balconies and will write stuff into your lease or try to enforce things. The legality of some of it is a bit questionable and enforcement would tend to be by means of a haughty letter rather than ever going to court but itís becoming a signifiant annoyance for some people.

To be quite honest, I think itís OCD and snobbish nonsense.

The satellite dish issue is probably more significant, as youíll get people trying to fix dishes to the exterior walls of buildings which they donít own. The management companies can then just remove them. However. Iíve seen management companies go after someone who had a very well camouflaged dish on her balcony. There was nothing ugly about it. Unless you went out of your way looking for it, it was totally invisible.

I just think with the clothes issue in particular, all people need is to be a little less sensitive to a drying rack on a balcony and also perhaps design balconies and other areas like that so that clothes can be dried unobtrusively. I know for example in Spain I rented a place with a huge balcony, part of which was screened with louvers, which provided excellent space for drying clothes. There was a very large closet at the end of the balcony on that side which contained a washer & dryer stack and an extra fridge freezer, all totally hidden away behind panelling.


Post# 1091471 , Reply# 60   10/1/2020 at 09:06 by polkanut (Wausau, WI )        

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My idiot neighbor called me 2 weeks ago at work of all places to ask if we wanted to sell him our clothesline.  I wasn't rude, but I wasn't exactly polite either because at the time I had customers 4 deep in front of my register.  I curtly told him no.


Post# 1091483 , Reply# 61   10/1/2020 at 10:30 by Golittlesport (California)        

In southern California one can line dry most all of the year. While not working during this pandemic, I've had more time on my hands and have been regularly line drying whites. Fortunately for us, the way the winds have been blowing the smoke from these terrible fires has not impacted coastal Orange County where I am. Nothing beats drying clothes in the sun for whitest whites and fresh smelling laundry.

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