A third pulley will take some load off of the main ones when lifting up a fully loaded airer so as long as the cleat is aligned with the rest of them (to keep the rope from getting misaligned and snagging) your washing line’s pulley system should provide you with years of trouble-free service.
Thread the Rope
Below is a very informative video on how to install the washing line pulley of a ceiling mounted clothesline including the proper way to thread the rope, we advise you to watch it from start to finish since it will definitely make the installation process a lot less daunting for you:
We suppose you’re all set! here’s a quick recap so you can easily recall what we have discussed in this post:
- Choose a spot near windows and HVAC intake/output vents if you’re installing your clothesline indoors.
- Check home’s wiring diagram before you proceed to avoid electrical lines.
- Locate joists to be drilled into since the your clothesline pulley system can’t just be attached to any part of the ceiling, imperative that joists are properly located.
- Use a stud finder for best results.
- Pre-drill the holes to guarantee perfect screw angle and use extra long screws to break through thick insulation.
- Both clothes line pulleys to be installed should be level and aligned with each other.
- Mount the cleat on a sturdy part of the wall, use screw sleeves if drilling into concrete.
- Watch the video above to wrap things up with threading the rope to the pulleys.
Just a reminder, despite being a dead simple system, your washing line pulleys also need a little bit of care too, at least once a year apply some oil on the moving parts or spray WD40 directly into the bearings. This will keep them lubricated, minimises rusting, stops squeaks, and makes lowering/lifting your airer smooth and easy.
What About Traditional Pulley Clotheslines?
If you think that ceiling airers do not make the cut, you can go for a traditional pulley clothesline which is a lot simpler and cost effective.
Due to its humble design with very few moving parts, a pulley clothesline system is undoubtedly one of the most durable line drying solutions out there, no wonder it’s the design of choice for most households allover the world. There’s very little that can go wrong and installation is done in minutes.
The concept is basically the same with ceiling airers except you will be mounting the pulleys on a vertical surface, but keep in mind that even if it is an outdoor clothesline, choose a good spot to achieve the most efficient drying times.
For installing your washing line pulleys, you will need:
- A tape measure
- Drill and drill bit that match the diameter of your screw hooks
- A pair of 5.5 or 6.5 inch clothesline pulleys
- Two big screw hooks
- Line tightener
- Strong clothesline cord of your choice
Determine the mounting points for your washing line pulleys be it the wall of your house, a post/pole, etc. being cautious of the factors we have mentioned above, also, be aware of what your cord’s length can cover.
Avoid securing a pulley onto a tree if possible, trees (mostly fruit bearing ones) are often infested with ants or other insects that can find their way to your clothes. One other thing, of one end of the clothesline is hooked to a tree and the other, to your home, you basically just built a freeway for thebugs to easily invade your house.