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Washing Line Post

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by dibsdiy, 18 Sep 2020.

  1. dibsdiy

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    Hi, I have to install a washing line post, it is galvanised steel,2.4meters long. I want to use postmix concrete to secure it, can anyone please advise how deep would I need to dig a hole and how wide would the hole need to be. Also, are there any tips on how to use the postmix as I understand you have a short time limit to get it right before it sets. Many thanks.
     
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    You need 2.5-3m above ground so it’s too short .
     
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    Thank you for your reply but it is for a retractable line, if the pole is 2.5 - 3 meters above ground I will not be able to reach it to take it down.
     
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    If you have only 1.8m above ground then washing line sag will leave large items touching the floor.
     
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    Rotary washing lines are only about 1.8m high anyway. Depends how tall the OP is doesn't it!
     
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    Rotary lines have a short span that sags very little, clotheslines sag the greater the distance. Height of OP is irrelevant [my daughters neighbour uses a pole 5m high you just raise and lower it)
     
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    or if tensioned to prevent sag then the line may topple the post if the foundation is not deep enough to resist being toppled
     
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    You need 60cm / 2 feet in the ground.

    Ideally, the hole should be straight-sided and 15cm / 6 inches in diameter.

    If the ground's not too crumbly or full of rubble, the best way to dig a neat hole is with a post hole digger. Otherwise, a trench or drain spade or a border spade. Having a sprawling hole at the top will just waste concrete.

    The postcrete won't set so quickly that you can't waggle it about a bit until you're happy it's plumb.

    Once it's started to go off, you can run a trowel round it to flaunch it slightly so water doesn't pool around the pole.
     
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    A house I lived in the (retractable) line was only about 1.8m high slung between fence posts, I just used a washing line prop to raise it up in the middle where it sagged. :rolleyes:

    Perhaps the OP doesn't want a 5m post in their back garden? For someone actually quite helpful and a seemingly upstanding member of the comunity you certainly have an odd manner on the forum sometimes.
     
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    Unless you have a prop, or even two, along the length of the line!

    EDIT: Sorry! Beaten to it by FMT!
     
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    You can use a pulley system to lower and raise the line. The length of the span is going to be important, as does the height of the other end.
     
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    Instructions are on the bag ;)
     
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