Slow clothes

So about two weeks ago, on a pretty day, I thought, I don’t want to run my dryer today, I wish I had a clothes line.

And I built one.

Not necessarily because it’s eco-friendly, though it is. And not necessarily because it will save us money, though it could, but because sometimes, more efficient is not always better, and sometimes it’s better to take a little more time.  To slow down, to enjoy.

It doesn’t mean I’ll never use my dryer again, but I had fun building this…

Two 8 ft 4×4’s

One 8 ft 2×4, cut in half

I notched the 4×4 by cutting it an inch and a half deep the width of the 2×4’s.

I then used a hammer and chisel to remove the remaining wood in the notch.

And here’s the dry fit… It’s not perfect, but then, I’d never used a chisel before, so I think I did pretty good.  I sort of prefer to learn on a project as opposed to say scrap wood, especially since this wasn’t crucial to get perfect.  It will work just fine a little crooked.

I then drilled guide holes through the 2×4 into the 4×4 and fastened down with 4 screws.

Then I used this cool bore bit ( I don’t know exactly what it’s called, okay, but it works really well) to drill four holes in each of the 2×4’s like so:

Then Husband dug holes for me, and we leveled off the posts, and cemented them in with quick-crete, and then 24 hours later, I strung some wires, and wound up with this:

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And that’s about it, folks.  Well, apparently, I brought on the big storm in Nashville night before last by stringing this line, so sorry nashvillians 😉

5 thoughts on “Slow clothes

  1. I don't mind drying clothes out on the line. In fact, now that it's starting to be spring, I'm overjoyed when I have the chance to. Because it is also a UK (or at least, Scottish) thing to not have dryers, so even in winter you have to hang dry all of your clothes. Granted, considering we only get about 6 hours of sunlight in winter (and most of the time it's overcast and raining), that means drying clothes indoors, where it can take 72 hours. Now those are slow clothes I could speed up a bit. :)

  2. I don't mind drying clothes out on the line. In fact, now that it's starting to be spring, I'm overjoyed when I have the chance to. Because it is also a UK (or at least, Scottish) thing to not have dryers, so even in winter you have to hang dry all of your clothes. Granted, considering we only get about 6 hours of sunlight in winter (and most of the time it's overcast and raining), that means drying clothes indoors, where it can take 72 hours. Now those are slow clothes I could speed up a bit. :)

    1. lol, yeah, not to big a fan of having to dry things in the house… I hate those "dry flat" labels 😛 I'm not like getting rid of our dryer, just giving myself options :-)

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