My parents have one of those steel umbrella racks in the yard and it's lasted an entire lifetime. I haven't found another one quite as sturdy so in my home, we opt for a combination of folding drying racks and retractable clotheslines. I still use the dryer for big bath sheets and large bedding in the winter.
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I need clothesline advice! When I moved in to my home, it had a concrete pad in the back yard with one of those umbrella style clothes lines mounted in it. I used it summer and winter for the first four years, and then had a problem with my washer that made it not spin dry well (I had to replace the clutch). Since the clothes and sheets were coming out DRIPPING wet, I could never have dried it in the drier, but the old clothes line finally collapsed under the weight one day when I tossed a soaking blanket up over it.
So I bought a new one. But in the past two years, I've had two more of those umbrella clothes lines (aluminum rods with nylon rope) fall apart on windy days when the wind whipped at a large sheet or something and just bent the rods so that the whole thing doesn't stand up on its own any more. Can any of you recommend a sturdier umbrella-style clothes line I can mount in the existing concrete pad? Do I have to drill another hole (how?) through the concret to put up a pole at each end if I really want to have a study clothes line? Other ideas? I wish I could have the original steel one back, but I haven't been able to find one like that for sale anywhere.
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I used to hang clothes outside but now I can't lift sooooo I have a rack in the laundry room and I hang everything I can. When it's dry I just put it in the dryer for 5 minutes on Wrinkle Release. Still saving the environment as much as I can.
We have a clothesline outside that we use a lot during the summer, but nothing inside. I can hang a few things over the shower rod, but with 4 kids we have a lot of laundry and no inside racks. I love hanging them outside in the summer, though.
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Living in Maine makes line drying hard in the winter. My option is having a clothes rack set up over the heat vent in the laundry room, so I can get some of the 'higher energy' clothes dried with less energy. Higher energy clothes in my world are anything think and heavy i.e. towels, jeans, sweats, etc. I've always used the rack to dry my undergarments. I don't have the energy savings of many of you, but in the summer I make up for it.
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I'll hang my clothes out on my porch sometimes, but I love the basement idea more. Thanks for the inspiration! Hanging them up is just as easy as drying them... especially in the wintertime with sweaters, etc. Plus I wash and dry on the run, so it's nice to be able to wash, then put them up on the porch and leave the house and not worrying about the dryer being on.
I realize that not everybody can do this because of Apartment complex rules but its amazingly simple to hang up your clothes to dry outside if you live in warmer climates. It saves energy and money. Any way, I'd like to challenge any of you who live in the right climates to give it a try.
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