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Post: #240142 crazymaisey
Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:56 pm

I'm trying to stop using the dryer (which is going to be tough considering I have 5 kids, but I digress) I have a long washing line that runs all the way down my garden, but I want to plant some fruit trees so was thinking about taking it down and getting one of those rotary thingsies to make more space. Are they any good, or should I stick with the line?

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Re: rotary line or washing line?

Post: #240145 Big Al
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:01 pm

Stick with the line and plant the fruit bushes / trees. It will be a long while before they snag I guess and when they do then move the pole. We had a rotary and it wasn't good for heavy use.
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Post: #240146 Thomzo
Tue Aug 02, 2011 7:19 pm

I have a rotary line which is brilliant. It takes much more washing than a single line, for the amount of space it takes up. Mine is fixed but many of them can be removed when not in use.

If you do get one, buy a good quality, sturdy one. The cheap, flimsy ones fall apart quickly.
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Post: #240157 Annpan
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:55 pm

I plan on putting in a rotary line.... but yes get a heavy one, with 4 bars (some have only 3) you can fit more on it and it is quicker to hang out and bring in the washing.
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Post: #240204 Thomzo
Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:28 pm

You can even get covers for some of them so that you can put the washing out when the weather's a bit iffy.

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Post: #240205 SouthernDave
Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:32 pm

Rotary line. Get a Brabiantina or similar high end make, it will last years and take loads (no pun) of washing. Put proper sockets in concrete for it, if you have room, more than one then you can move it with the sun if shade is a problem.

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Post: #240213 Green Aura
Wed Aug 03, 2011 9:44 pm

My Brabantia one bent in high winds, so we replaced it with a Hill's dryer and it's fantastic, guaranteed for about 20 years. It's a really solid tube and arms - the one weak point is the plastic clip which holds the arms up. Ours snapped recently after sudden high winds caught us out (we'd forgotten to lower the arms).
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Post: #240221 SouthernDave
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:36 pm

Green Aura wrote:My Brabantia one bent in high winds


That's what you get for living in a country where even the cattle wear coats!! :tongue3:

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Re: rotary line or washing line?

Post: #240226 snapdragon
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:02 pm

oddly, we have a rotary, three arm, cheapie, had it for nearly twenty years, four of us here for the first ten, the ground sheath's bent over slightly due to wobbly concreting-in. I've re-strung it twice.
Not sure how much longer it will last but still there today with a load of bedding and towels

If I'd had the room I'd have preferred a line, or one of those on a pulley but the original pole for a pulley line has gone from my back yard :humph:
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Re: rotary line or washing line?

Post: #240237 pelmetman
Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:11 am

We have had both over the years and would much prefer a long line any day of the week, washing dries much quicker. Found that clothes on rotary type that are pegged in middle take much longer to dry and was always moving stuff around. Never found one that would take large sheets fully extended either.

We are lucky where we live we have a secret yard that is not evident from main garden where the sheds, workshop etc is. This is where we have 7 long washing lines, so no one can see my big bloomers :lol: :lol:

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Re: rotary line or washing line?

Post: #240339 fran
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:58 am

I have the most expensive washing line in the world! Take two bits of 2 x 4 (left over from wheelhouse), attach to stanchions on boat, add washing line (found in shed) and add pegs (also found in shed) so where is the cost you ask? £350 for the drill that OH dropped overboard and straight in to the deep wet mud whilst putting up the washing line! His language was rather choice!!!
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Post: #240340 pelmetman
Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:13 am

Oh dear Fran :shock: Lost track of things that went overboard.

We lived on a boat for a couple of years at Camper & Nicholson Marina in Hampshire. Wasn't allowed to hang washing out at all :dontknow: It had to be one of the snobbiest places on earth.

Later we had a sailing boat that we kept down at Brightlingsea, don't suppose that is where you are by any chance?

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Post: #240347 fran
Sat Aug 06, 2011 11:10 am

Pelmetman - Brightlingsea is just up the coast from us - with Mersea Island in between. We often sail up there and stay on a mooring in Pyefleet (don't like paying money on the pontoons!) The flats opposite us do moan about the washing (and smoke from the woodburning chimney) but tough!
Crazymaisy - I miss my rotary line, you can get a lot more washing on it. Also you can flat dry big items (such as hubby's work dust sheets, sleeping bags etc) by hanging them over the whole thing.
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Re: rotary line or washing line?

Post: #240402 Thomzo
Sat Aug 06, 2011 8:31 pm

On a sunny day, you can pop a sheet over a rotary washing line and call it a parasol.

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Re: rotary line or washing line?

Post: #240514 indy
Mon Aug 08, 2011 9:53 am

Thomzo wrote:On a sunny day, you can pop a sheet over a rotary washing line and call it a parasol.

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