How to Make a Pulley Clothesline

clothespins on a clothesline
What You'll Need
Spade (if needed)
Clothes pole (if needed)
2 x All steel pulley
2 x anchor bolts
Clothes line

A pulley clothesline can give a great deal of drying capacity and make loading the clothes easier. The benefit of a pulley clothesline is that you can move the clothing down the production line rather than having to move yourself and your laundry basket to an open space on the line. Similarly, while unloading dry clothing from the line you can simply pull them towards you. You can collect the supplies individually or purchase a kit from your local home improvement store. Either way, here is how to go about the installation of your pulley clothesline.

Step 1 - Choose a Location

Your line should be in an area where there is good sunlight and breeze. Keep the line away from trees and tall shrubs.

Step 2 - Select the Anchor Points

clothes on a clothesline

Both ends of the line need to be fixed securely to either a building or a post. Any wall a line is attached to must be substantial because a line of wet washing is quite heavy and will pull on the structure, testing the integrity.

Step 3 - Fit the First Anchor Bolt

The first anchor bolt should be fitted to the main building. It should be fitted in such a way that the line is accessible from a variety of locations around the clothesline. If your clothesline will only be accessible via a window, make sure you don't have to lean out too far when using it.

Step 4 - Attach a Pulley

a pulley

Attach a Pulley to the anchor bolt.

Step 5 - Install a Clothes Pole

If you do not have a second anchor point, install a clothes pole. You can use a variety of materials such as a 4x4 or a steel pole. This pole will need to be as high above the ground as is necessary to have a pulley at the top level with the other pulley. It will also need to be three feet into the ground. Set the pole in concrete. Before erecting the pole, install the second anchor bolt and pulley and thread the clothesline through the pulley.

Step 6 - Install the Second Anchor Bolt

If you have a location for the second pulley, install the second anchor point and pulley. Thread the clothesline through the pulley.

Step 7 - Thread the First Pulley

Bring the clothesline to the first pulley and thread the clothesline through it.

Step 8 - Close the Loop

The clothesline needs to form a loop round both the pulleys. Tie the two ends of the line together. Splicing the line ends together will give you a neater finish, but any strong knot will do the trick. It is better if the join is in the top half of the loop, that way you will be able to see its location when hanging clothes to dry. The clothes line needs to be under tension if possible, so it will help if you have someone to hold the clothesline tight while you tie it. Extra tension can be applied if you tie each end of the rope to a tensioner.

Remember to wipe the line before each use to ensure that dirt won't get on your laundry.