Lowes or Home Depot… you can get everything you need to build your own outdoor clothes line.
(2) treated 4 X 4 Posts – 8ft
(1) treated 2 x 4 – 8ft
(10) Wood screws
(8) #6 Eye Bolts
Clothes line (nylon or plastic), 100ft
(2) 80 lb. Bags of Quikrete
Paint (this is optional)
Drill / Cordless Scewdriver
Saw (hand or circular)
Shovel or post hole digger
1. Dig 2, 24in deep holes about 10 – 12 feet apart.
2. Cut 4 x 4’s down to 7 feet (less if you want your clothes line lower).
3. Cut 2 x 4 in half.
4. Attach 2 x 4 across the top of the 4 x 4 posts with wood screws.
5. Pre-drill holes for eye bolts across 2 x 4 and screw in 4 bolts per side.
6. Mix quikcrete following directions on the bag.
7. Using a level place posts in ground and make plumb, and then fill the hole with the quikrete.
8. Tamp down around base of posts.
9. Hang line across and tie with 2 – 3 half-hitch knots per. Make lines about 95% taught.
10. You can choose to paint if you like.
That’s it. For $30 and a couple of hours in the back yard you can build your outdoor clothes line dryer, reduce your household energy consumption, save over $150 annually and get fresh smelling clothes.
Tips & Tricks
Don’t like the stiff feeling of your clothes after being line dried? Try doubling up your towels when you hang them out. Washcloths can be dried in sets of three. Slower drying fabric equals softer fabric.