Hardwoods have the natural capability to withstand adverse weather and the highly compressed wood fibres can resist fire too without the need for any chemical treatment so they last a very long time.
As a matter of fact, hardwood like Cypress is so durable that many of Japan’s shrines and temples are still standing today even after hundreds of years. We’re not saying that you need clotheslines to last for aeons but it is never a bad idea to invest in something that can be relied upon with complete confidence.
Like we have mentioned earlier, unless you have a very discerning taste in terms of aesthetics, plane old PTW that’s stained will be more than enough for a clothesline post kit, now you have an idea as to the kind of timber to choose for your next DIY project.
A quick recap on how to avoid choosing the wrong washing line posts:
1. The height must be just right.
- Not too low, not too high. You want it set to a height that will allow you to conveniently hang your clothes while being not too low wherein your articles would touch the ground.
- That standard height for most posts is 180 centimetres.
2. Don’t forget to add a meter to the total length of the post if you’re basing the height on yours.
- To ensure that there’s still an allowance on the length for when it is anchored into the ground.
3. The right posts for the environment.
- Stainless steel or aluminium for salty regions, galvanised steel everywhere else.
- Spare parts for telescopic posts should be easy to obtain for repairs.
- Pressure treated wood is good enough for most places.
- Hardwood or aluminium/stainless steel for wet regions, opt for ‘heartwood’ if possible for the hardwood to ensure the long life of your posts.
4. Be creative!
- Throw in some curves, carvings, or colours.
- Make it double duty, add provisions for installing a canopy or maybe use trellises so you can
grow fruits and vegetables while you dry your clothes.
- It will be installed for good, you don’t want it to stand out like a sore thumb!
Taking Your Creativity a Step Further
We almost forgot about the last part of the recap, since we have already discussed the do’s and don’ts for your clothesline posts, if you know a brilliant woodworker ask if he can throw in some beautiful carvings on it.
Some people have turned their clothesline posts into brilliant sculptural pieces while those with creative green thumbs chose trellises as their posts to let their vines thrive. You can even turn your clothesline into a dual purpose furniture by throwing in a canopy and hammock in the mix for a tasteful flair.
Don’t restrict yourself within the norm, something as simple as as a T-post can become an ornamental feature in your backyard, it is a permanent fixture so might as well be creative with it, avoid making it look ordinary for all the world to see.
We know and understand that there are a lot of choices out there and it can get quite overwhelming so getting a little bit of help while learning about the smallest things will certainly lead to a positive outcome, we hope that you will now be able to make a sound decision by avoiding mistakes in choosing your clothesline posts.