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Project by littlecope posted 07-20-2016 01:21 AM 1336 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We all know the rule, “Happy Wife = Happy Life”...
While Debbie and I are not Married, the Rule none the less applies… and besides, I don’t mind helping out with Laundry at all, and a Clothesline is a darned useful thing!
First, the existing posts on our small deck had to be ‘extended’ or ‘made taller’...
Did that by simply cutting more 4”x4” post material, and fashioning a sort of “Saddle” to fit over the old ones , using 2”x4” and Carriage Bolts (Pressure Treated Lumber was used through-out)...

After trimming the top rail, the Post extensions were attached…

Then a couple of Line holding brackets were made and Line was strung…

Lastly, a small Wooden Lanyard was made to take up the extra clothes line and to re-adjust it if necessary…

Before anyone asks, there are no plans to make Clothes Pins! I already bought a fresh bagful… :)

19 July 2016

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 07-20-2016 02:27 AM

Nothing like the smell of fresh pegs in the morning!
Ha ha, anyway good job, now about those protruding bolts you wouldnt want to tear an apron or Chefs pants on them so,
With a shifter or as you may possibly know it as a wrench fit it over the protruding section of bolt tighten it up and gently bend the bolt up and down, it might take a couple of flexes but the bolt will snap off cleanly flush with the nut, no mess, no grinding or cutting required and later if required it will undo OK too.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 07-20-2016 04:42 AM

i know george would be proud
of the up-grades you are doing on the house

and mrs washington
would have loved this

keep ‘em coming

make america great again

one close line at a time

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 07-20-2016 04:47 AM

Mike, this is a clever solution to the problem. Looks like it will do the job well. It may be a little overbuilt, but most of us can’t resist that. However, I am a little concerned that there is nowhere to plug this dryer in. If it doesn’t work for clothes, I am sure the local birds will consider it a great place to meet and talk it over. Seriously, nice work and a fun project to share.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 07-20-2016 05:18 AM

Nicely built but it looks too short for sheets / towels. What do you do in the winter? How many hours of sunlight does it get?

Buy her a dryer … she will appreciate that more than any fancy solar powered line dryer. Trust me.


-- Madmark - [email protected]

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#5 posted 07-20-2016 09:17 AM

Larry the cable guy must be so jealous of you. You are the master of “Git ‘er done”.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 07-20-2016 12:12 PM

Mike , This is a nice utilitarian project showing a lot of skill and a clever approach. Thank god you didn’t look up its French name to title it ! Nice work at solving a problem and filling a need ! goodon’ya Mike ! Thanks for the post !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#7 posted 07-20-2016 12:29 PM

Looks great, Mike. I have a dryer but much prefer using the clothesline when I can.

-- ~Julie~

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#8 posted 07-20-2016 12:46 PM

Keeping your lady happy & getting some woodworking in at the same time.
Good job Mike.

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#9 posted 07-20-2016 01:02 PM

Thanks Guys!

Robert: That’s a Good Idea about the bolts, though I’ve never heard of a ‘Shifter’ before… What sort of Wrench is that?

David: You must be riveted to the TV, watching the Republican Convention! Me? I’ve just been trying to be good at Work…

Al: It does seem a little over-built, but when we lived in our Apartment building in Manchester I observed several different people’s efforts and attempts at constructing these… Most of them failed, because they didn’t account for the pressure that is exerted upon them (over Time) by the combination of Heavy, Wet Laundry and the Wind… Indeed, this one here had a little too much ‘flex’ for my liking in the Post nearest the House… I added a Spacer block, and with a couple of Screws, anchored that Post to the Building! It doesn’t move at all anymore… :)

Mark: It’s 6’+ wide, but over the side of the deck is about 10’ off the ground… Folded, that should accommodate just about anything… It gets un-obstructed Sun for about 8 hours a day, but it is the Wind that does most of the drying… Freshly washed Laundry can be dried in less than an hour on a windy day and there is no substitute for the “April Fresh” smell of clothing dried outside… In the Winter? We already have a Clothes Dryer, have had one for years… This is to supplement our capabilities (and save a little $$$ to boot)

Lenny: Thanks my Friend, how about them Red Sox??? :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#10 posted 07-20-2016 01:24 PM

Don: Of course, I had to look up Clothes line in French… I got Corde à Linge… Makes it sound pretty impressive, doesn’t it?! But were you thinking of something else??? :)

Julie: I made one for our Apartment’s Porch in Manchester that we used constantly and we’ve missed having one! They are great to dry Beach Blankets with too, before they are actually washed, and so the sand can be shook off of them… :)

Eric: Thanks! The Woodworking has been extremely sparse lately, I can never seem to find any time… So it was an actual treat to be able to do this yesterday… Maybe it will get the ball rolling back in the right direction???

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 07-20-2016 01:27 PM

Very clever Mike. Looks great.

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#12 posted 07-20-2016 01:40 PM

Way to go, Mike and real handy too!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 07-20-2016 04:59 PM

what a great project, i was hoping to see some wooden line, i could see you with long pieces of wood and you with a draw knife going at it until you had wooden lines, but hey mike i will be happy with what you have done, but think the wooden lines over, it wood be a tremendous feat… might even win some sort of contest…so why dont you marry this wonderful gal…just wondering….i think the mustache needs to come back….think it over…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 07-20-2016 05:37 PM

This is a clever design. Good job.


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#15 posted 07-20-2016 08:34 PM

Nothing beats the smell of clothes dried in the sun!

Nice work, Mike!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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