i want to make a clothes line like this,http://bp3.blogger.com/_jRSOlQdv-ks/...-h/May+005.jpg
except i'll be making it out of 1 inch square tubing.
i remember we had one of these when i was a kid, and it used some kind of pulley system that i don't remember the details about. After I make the basic clothese line like the one above, what route should i go for stringing up some lines? i was thinking about welding a several eye bolts to the thing. But I know when you put wet clothes on the line they will sink down close to the ground if you don't have a pulley system to crank that line tighter?
any suggestions on what to buy from home depot? thanks
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Thread: Help me design a Clothes Line
10-04-2008, 05:49 PM #1Junior Member
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Help me design a Clothes Line
10-04-2008, 06:03 PM #2
You don't need a pulley system unless you don't want walk to the other end.
You just need a Turn Buckle to tighten up the line.
Pick up steel rings instead of Eye Bolts.
Most are Zinc Plated or Hot Dipped, which will need to be removed to weld up-
They may have Weldable rings- look for those first- much easier to weld up since you do not need to remove any coating.
1" tubing is going to require some type of Truss design to afford enough strength.
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10-04-2008, 06:18 PM #3
I wouldn't use 1" square either. Maybe 1.5" round on the small side - I'd go for 2" or better. You might be able to get some aluminized exhaust tube that would work, but expect to pay for it.
The strength in these shapes comes from the diameter and shape, not the wall thickness. You could use 1" solid bar and it might not deflect too much, but it would also cost you dearly on acquisition expense. Conversely, you can buy larger tubing with a .060 wall that will be more rigid than your 1" square and cost far less.
Water is heavy. The lines sag because there's a buttload of weight on them when you start hanging soaked clothes and blankets on them. You'll want something substantial in the ground to anchor whatever you end up making.
Our house had a retractable line with a removable pole which ended up being dug out when I put the shop addition on. The base receptacle for the 2" upright was about a 5 gal bucket sized piece of concrete with a pipe receiver in it. The concrete was buried 2' down, and our lines were only about 15' (I think there was 4 lines in the thing).Syncrowave 250DX
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10-04-2008, 07:43 PM #4Member
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My neighbors is 3" gal pipe 2 Ts ,4 caps,4 24" arms 2 8' uprights and about 6 sacks of ready mix. cable is attached with 8 eye bolts through the pipe. You could dry a VW engine on it.
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10-05-2008, 05:09 AM #6
I have to agree with these guys, you dont want to use 1" square stock, use 2" round minimum. You not only have the water weight but the pressure from the wind. Where you fasten it in the ground will be the first place it snaps off. If you use 2" round you can make some nice designs so it doesnt look like 20,000 others out there, make some kind of scroll design for your gussets
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