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EgaoNoGenki's avatar

Where can my future wife find a rainproof clothesline?

Asked by EgaoNoGenki (1155points) March 6th, 2010

The downside to using an outdoor clothesline as opposed to a dryer is that the rain ruins the process.

Therefore, is there a clothesline with a roof and wind-shields in order to help protect it from the elements somehow?

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gailcalled's avatar

Perhaps a rope that climbers use might do the trick. They are narrow, flexible, and hold up in all kinds of weather.

Likeradar's avatar

I think what you’re describing has been invented… it’s called a “room.” :)

tentaclepuppy's avatar

I think that’s some kind of DIY project right there. Also, rain implies humidity, and therefore a lack of clothes-drying anyway. Also, why is your wife doing it, and not you?

You’re a man- SQUEEZE that stuff dry.

Grow a pair.

jca's avatar

if it rains, you either hang the clothes out anyway and they don’t begin to dry until the rain stops, or you hang them in the house (like on hangers on the shower rod or doorknobs) or you put them in the dryer.

dpworkin's avatar

Maybe your future wife could ask your present wife what she does.

Sarcasm's avatar

Get a garage and some oscillating fans.

phillis's avatar

How to build an umbrella holder so I don’t have to hold it myself? I’ll share if you will.

I wouldn’t advise this project if you are a mere beginner. The humidy alone is enough to stump you for years to come. For intermediates, I suggest a long, tent-like structure that runs the length of the clothesline. It will have to come out at least 4 feet from the midline to account for driving rain. A minimum of 30 degrees the angle would work. Sell the clothes dryer, and the new-fangled clothesline won’t cost you a thing.

arnbev959's avatar

I simply tied a rope from one end of the basement to the other, and I use that to dry my clothes most of the time.

EgaoNoGenki's avatar

@dpworkin I’ve never been married, dp.

dpworkin's avatar

that was just a joke

laureth's avatar

I was under the strong impression that the sun and wind action (i.e., the elements) were what dried the clothes on the clothesline. It would seem that building them a little shelter would defeat this purpose, and would be only a little more effective than putting them outside in a sealed plastic bag. Best to wait for the wet weather to clear, or use another method of drying.

Adagio's avatar

Just wondering why you associate the clothesline with your future wife, don’t you hang your clean washing on the clothesline too :)

trailsillustrated's avatar

you get a ‘hills fold-a- line’ that has an umbrella like thing. I am so grateful everyday that I no longer have to peg out washing.

Cruiser's avatar

Get yourself one of these problem solved…top down clothes dry in seconds…if it’s wet out put the top up and listen to Stevie Ray until the sun comes out.

Adagio's avatar

@trailsillustrated And here am I dreaming of hanging washing on the clothesline myself, those were the days…

trailsillustrated's avatar

@Adagio oh if you grew up doing it, or do it now, there’s nothing worse, pegging out washing on cold days…bringing down crispy cold washing- I am so glad I live in america yay

Nullo's avatar

Your best bet is to move the operation indoors. Back in the day, we would string up our laundry on an indoor clothesline, drape the stuff over the radiators, and use this puppy.
They called it a stendino, but that name’s no good outside of Italy.

Anybody got a name for this?

laureth's avatar

@Nullo – We usually call ‘em drying racks. There’s a similar item that we called a “Chinese Laundry” when I was a kid, but that sounds terribly racist now.

Strauss's avatar

Removed by me. Can’t get link to work!

deebee's avatar

I like a light, brief rain on the clothes; it takes out wrinkles! Also, I find that clothes still dry, although slowly, when sheltered from rain. I think the drops form in the cloud where it’s very humid, and fall to earth where the air isn’t at dew point. This must vary according to your climate.

Strauss's avatar

@EgaoNoGenki Here’s an idea. If you are a DIYer, it seems like it should be fairly simple.

I love the smel of rain-rinsed clothes after they re-dry and come in fresh off the line.

MissA's avatar

I thought that the OP was asking help for the line itself getting icky from rain then dirt then clothes. Guess I’m way off base.

rojo's avatar

Inside somewhere? Maybe the bathroom.

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