How to install a Retractable Washing Line?

Hanging clothes in the sun is always the cheapest and best method to dry your clothes. If the space in your yard is too narrow to use a rotary washing line, then the retractable washing line is the recommended tool for you.

A retractable washing line or retractable clothesline is a useful tool to help your clothes dry faster without taking up too much space as it can be pushed back after use. In this article, we will show you how to install a retractable washing line with simple steps. 

What is a retractable washing line?

A retractable washing line is a tool that is mounted on the wall when in use, the user hangs the clothesline and attaches it to a fixed point on the opposite side to create a clothesline.

After use, the user removes the clothesline to a fixed point and retrieves it to its original state. With a compact mechanism, this tool is suitable for families with small spaces.

Moreover, it will not ruin the landscape of your garden with interlocking ropes. A retractable clothesline is usually designed with 4 or 6 wires with a length of 10 meters.

The length may vary between different retractable clotheslines depending on the design of the manufacturer. With a length of about 7- 10 meters, this line allows you to hang large-sized items such as blankets, quilt or carpet.

Retractable clotheslines have a variety of designs tailored to where you plan to attach it. There are four basic types of retractable washing lines which are post to post, wall to wall, post to wall and wall to post.

Instructions for installing a Retractable Washing Line

For each design type of retractable washing line, we have a different installation. For example, if you use the wall to wall type, you only need to use the drill bit to fix it on two flats. In this tutorial, we will show you how to install a retractable clothesline wall to post.

Before you begin, you need to prepare tools that are measuring tape, pencil, safety gear and shovel. For materials, you need to prepare brackets, concrete, screws and metal post.

Step 1: Locate the position of a retractable washing line on your wall.

First of all, you need to choose a spot on your wall where you will install a retractable clothesline. You should choose a position at an average height, not too high or low. Then, estimate the distance to screw on the wall and mark two points.

Step 2: Measure the retractable washing line

You measure the length of the retractable clothesline and the exact distance of the two screws on the retractable washing line. Then measure and re-size the marks on the wall correctly.

Step 3: Install retractable washing line 

Next, you use a drill to drill the holes in the wall where you marked them. After that, you use the impact driver to screw the screws into the drill hole. Then, you mount the retractable washing line on the wall.

Step 4: Mark the distance between the post and the retractable washing line

In this step, you measure the distance between the wall and the post based on the length of the lines. You mark the location of the post on the ground. You should measure from the center of the retractable washing line to the post location, this will help keep the lines parallel.

Step 5: Locate the post hole

Thereafter, you position the hole of the post by placing the post next to the retractable washing line, then measuring the height of the post compared to the retractable clothesline from top to the bottom.

The excess length of the post compared to the retractable washing line will be the depth of the hole you will dig.

Step 6: Create the post hole

After locating the post hole, use a shovel to dig a hole in the marked place on the ground. After that, you put the post in and quickly pour the concrete to secure the post.

You should align the post upright and parallel to the retractable washing line. Wait until the concrete is dry, you can start the next step.

Step 7: Attach the hooks to the post

Next, you attach the hook to the universal bracket, then attach it to the post. You should screw hooks carefully so they do not impede the lines. For universal brackets, they must be screwed tightly and parallel to the lines.

Then, you drag lines attached to the universal brackets. Adjust universal brackets if lines are not aligned.

Final Words

Here is the detailed guide on the retractable washing line wall to post. If you have any further questions regarding this issue, leave us a comment.