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How to install a Fixed Rotary Clothesline?Updated 10 months ago

Fixed rotary clotheslines are a valuable addition to any outdoor space, providing a convenient and efficient way to dry your laundry. While hiring a professional for installation is an option, installing one yourself can be a rewarding DIY project. In this step-by-step guide, we'll walk you through the process of installing fixed rotary clotheslines.

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Before You Begin:

Gather the necessary tools and materials, including a shovel, gravel, concrete mix, a steel pin, a 3/4" x 5/16" bolt, 6mm bolts and nuts, washers, and wires.

Check your local building codes and regulations for specific installation requirements.

Step 1: Site Selection

Choose a location with approximately 1 meter (3.3 feet) of clearance to each clothesline arm, ensuring ample drying space without obstructions.

Step 2: Handle Assembly

Assemble the handle by inserting the handle shaft through the grip and securing it into the hole in the handle. If needed, attach the back cover (for models with a nylon handle).

Step 3: Dig the Hole

Dig a hole that's 500mm (about 20 inches) deep and 200mm (about 8 inches) in diameter. Add 150mm (6 inches) of gravel to aid drainage at the bottom.

Step 4: Position the Main Column

Stand the main column upright in the hole, adjusting the gravel until the reducer on the hoist is approximately at head height.

Step 5: Add Concrete

Prepare a relatively dry concrete mix (typically 4 parts gravel, 2 parts sand, 1 part cement). Insert a steel pin through the hole in the bottom of the column. Fill the hole with concrete, ensuring the clothesline remains perpendicular as you add more concrete. Repeat until the hole is full.

Step 6: Set the Hoist

Turn the handle anti-clockwise and lower the hoist as far as it will go.

Step 7: Attach the Top Cap

Slide the aluminum crosspiece over the elevating stem and let it rest on top of the reducer. Secure the aluminum top cap using a 50mm x 6mm bolt and a 6mm nyloc nut. Rotate the elevating stem until the arm holes in the cross align with the bolt holes in the top cap, then tighten the screw in the cross. Wind the stem up about 50mm.

Step 8: Wire Installation and Final Checks

Thread the wires through the holes or staples from the center, tying all wires on the same arm. Tension the wires by "kinking" with your thumb while ensuring that the arms remain aligned. Secure the wires as needed. Check for perpendicular alignment and tighten all nuts and bolts. Allow the concrete to set for 48 hours before using the clothesline.

If you're looking for help with clothesline supply and installation of your new clothesline, Lifestyle Clotheslines has a team of qualified clothesline installers around Australia who can expertly install all the best brands available today.

Contact us at 1300 798 779 or visit our website at for any assistance you may need. We're here to help you make the right choice.

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