The best washing line you can buy is the hozelock four-arm heavy-duty rotary clothesline, it may be the most expensive one but you get your moneys worth. The majority of rotary clotheslines are only three armed. The four-armed rotary clothesline has a plastic sleeve around each row of line so it can be wiped clean; it comes with a soil spear to hold your line in an upright position (push it in to the soil or concrete in). The pole is galvanised so it won’t start to rust and comes with a cover, each arm is wide enough to hold a double duvet cover and has a ten-year manufactures guarantee. The price is £43.99 and can be bought from either Argos or Homebase.
What is the best way to hang out your washing? I bought a rotary line from Argos and within a few weeks I had to take it back as the cord became very floppy after only a couple of loads. The replacement one didn't stay open and kept sliding back down the pole once I put the washing on it. I then thought ok I'll try the straight cord and attach it across the garden, this was lot better but 6 months down the line it's starting to fray. Is it me, do we have an extra heavy load of washing or are these things made of cheap materials such as sewing cotton? What is the best way to do this? I've bought a tumble drier for winter use, it might save on the wear and tear.
I was given a second-hand rotary washing line from my parents when they changed theirs to a retractable line, which runs along side the path. We didn’t have a spear fitting, so my Dad just stuck the drier pole deep into the ground, but this stopped the drier rotating. It was still very efficient in drying clothes though. After a while the hole it was in, became too big and wouldn’t support the drier anymore and the drier pole kinked. We thought it was time to buy a new one. So we bought a new drier from Argos, which came with a spear and a not in use cover. I purchased the Hozelock Rotary washing line, at my old house; and we decided to take it with us to our new house, the only problem was we couldn’t get the spear out of the ground, I spent ages trying to find a Hozelock replacement, but couldn’t. In the end I decided to try using another brand. In my local DIY store, they sold a range of Hills spears in different sizes. I bought one that was nearest the Hozelock pole measurement. Every spring I always have trouble finding the spear hole, after the drier has been put away for winter. I spend the first day poking the lawn trying desperately to locate it. This spring I got so fed up with losing the spear hole, I decided to do something about it. I cemented round the top 3 inches of the spear, to hopefully discourage grass growth, and make it easier to locate in future.
Having only a very small garden I don't have a choice of what type of drier I use, but if I did it certainly wouldn't be a rotary. Washing takes much longer to dry and the clothes that are pegged on the inside never do get really dry unless it's a boiling hot day. I am forever having to go out and swap the clothes around so that they all get the chance to have a blow on the outside. Another problem is that the lines sag very quickly and it's not very easy to tighten them. Also when it comes to getting it fixed into the ground they always end up really wobbly after a short time and you end up having to bodge something in to at least try to get it to stand up straight.