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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the straw badge in Nest.

In this Badge Bit, you will setup at least 120 feet of an elaborate clothes line.



Some related articles
  - How to Make a DIY Pulley Clothes Line
  - How to Make a Clothes Line
  - How to Install a Clothesline with Pulleys
  - How to Install a Clothesline Elevator











To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
  - at least 120 feet of line
  - adding a pulley to move the clothes horizontally or vertically is optional

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must provide:
   - a picture of the materials being used for the clothes line
   - a halfway picture of the installation of the clothes line
   - a picture of the completed product, complete with laundry
   - OR a 2-minute video of you doing this
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I made this clothesline over the course of 6 years. I know I don't have progress pictures, but I have documentation of it over the years. I do not know if this will count or not, but I really don't need another 120 feet of clothesline!

I used cedar trees for the post, cut from our property. They were put into holes dug with a post hole digger. The right post was already there, as it houses our electrical switch box. I will admit my husband screwed in the giant eyehooks on the two tall ends, as I can't reach that high while on a later. I did the other four eyehooks. I screwed them in by hand, using a hammer in the hook to further crank them in. The line is paracord, which has lasted very well over 6 years, and only requires tightening a few times a year when combined with the laundry knot. I used a "laundry tightener" device on the first line, and that does not work nearly as well as a good old laundry knot.

I usually just use the bottom line of each clothesline (the one at the bottom of the pulley), but when there's lots of laundry to hang, I'll hang above the line, as well, doubling the amount of clothes line that I have. I love that I can stand in one spot and put clothes on three lines at one time. This also allows me to sort them as I hang them. I can put all the towels on one line, and the pants on another, and the rags on another. That way, when I take it down, the clothes are already sorted and ready to go to their respective destinations!

Here's the thread where I installed the lower clothesline: A child's laundry line is a useful thing! And a picture from that thread:


Here's a before picture from before I made the lower clothes line: https://permies.com/wiki/86788/Extreme-Clothespins-Henry-Berry-Dairy#716166

And more before pictures can be found here: https://permies.com/t/86763/Cloth-Shopping-Bags#720691



There's also mention of this clothesline from 5.5 years ago here

Here's a video of my clothesline, with me describing how it works.



And a picture of my clothesline, taken today:
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To give extra documentation that I can actually make these clotheslines, and because one of the poles was leaning way too much, I took it apart and put it back together again!

Annoying clothesline tightener was stuck, so I couldn't loosen the line to get it to go on the post. After oiling it, I loosened it about 6 feet so it could go onto the poll.

I measured the lines I took apart and reassembled. They were 30+ feet one way (my tape measure only went to 25 feet, and there was still at least 5 feet to the other end of the line.) Since I can and do use both top and bottom of each line, that's 30+30+30+30 (not even counting the longer line that I didn't disassemble that's at least another 45 feet one way.)
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Took apart the clothesline
Took apart the clothesline
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Look how much that post was leaning!
Look how much that post was leaning!
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Hauled some big rocks to prop it where it should go
Hauled some big rocks to prop it where it should go
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Oiling the clothesline tightener with olive oil so I could loosen it
Oiling the clothesline tightener with olive oil so I could loosen it
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Clothesline hung
Clothesline hung
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Untied lower line to loosen it
Untied lower line to loosen it
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New clothesline knot
New clothesline knot
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Lower clothesline installed
Lower clothesline installed
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Poll is straight, and clothes are hung on the line
Poll is straight, and clothes are hung on the line
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I hung an elaborate clothesline today!  We often use tarps to cover plants or dry wild rice on.  Afterwards it's a real pain to dry them out.  We used to hang them over fences but they blow in the wind and you have to flip them over and if they don't get dry in one day, the dew settles on them and you have to start over the next day.

I hung four 30 foot clotheslines in my sugar shack.  When they're not in use they are tucked up against the rafters.  The shack has screened sides so the wind can blow through and they can hang there for days if needed.
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Parts and pieces
Parts and pieces
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Installing eyes. Hint - use a screw hook to screw in the eyes ;)
Installing eyes. Hint - use a screw hook to screw in the eyes ;)
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Four 30 foot lines
Four 30 foot lines
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Tarps hanging
Tarps hanging
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I went for the first option in the ‘related article’ section and built a diy pulley system.

There’s a large sugar maple at the end of the garden. I ran a webbing strap around the trunk and attached one pulley.
I fixed an eye bolt to the house to secure the other end and connected a pulley.
I ran the line through both pulleys and used clothes line tightener to secure the loop.
I had 8 x 104cm of line left = 832cm = 27ft. The line I used is 150ft long, so 123 ft was used. The total length of the line will be a little less than this because of the knots but still more than 120ft.

This replaces my existing line that ran from the house to a free standing basket ball hoop that was less than ideal.
The pulley system in awesome!

I had to relocate my bird feeder else the line would have become a squirrel highway.

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