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Old 08-18-2011, 12:27 PM
 
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I dry my laundry outside. Instead of hanging on a line, I use drying racks. They are wood racks with dowels where you lay the clothes on the dowel or hang on the dowel without the need for clothes pins. the racks are about 3-4' high and wide. they fold ( like an accordian )for storage when not in use.

Currently we have 2 large wood drying racks. We want another one, but cannot find them in any local stores. Does anyone know where we can buy more drying racks onine or in a store? Would prefer PVC or plastic this time around. Thanks
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I am in an HOA and there is a no-no to hanging laundry outside. I have two bathrooms and the second one is seldom used. I put up a couple clothes lines and a wooden rack in the tub to dry my clothes. To soften my clothes I purchased Dyer Balls at Chinamart and run my dryer on fluff/air dry for about 20-30 minutes. My clothes come out soft, including towels, and I used no softner or heat in the process.
Another benefit to hanging clothes inside to dry in the winter is that it increases the humidity.

I really don't understand why it is such a big deal to have a clothesline in the back yard of a home that you purchase, with your money, yet you have to follow some one elses rules.

I get not doing stuff in the front of the house as to keep the neighborhood looking nice. But in a back yard which isn't viseable from the front it seems really retarded that someone will say you are not allowed to hang clothes outside in the sunshine to dry your clothes, you must use a dryer, and use your electricity/gas, even though maybe you even live in an extremelly hot climate....


see how stupid this rule seems..

i know it isnt your fault.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Susquehanna River, Union Co, PA
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Does anyone know where we can buy more drying racks onine or in a store? Would prefer PVC or plastic this time around. Thanks
I have several large sturdy plastic-coated wire utility shelves that we use for drying, they are mostly empty. For 2 people & small loads it's enough. Plus, they are useful at any time, unlike a drying rack.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Next stop Antarctica
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When i was a kid in the UK i loved to see the washing blowing on the washing line in the sun it signalled spring was here.I have never used a drier. I still hang the washing outdoors even now, no laws about it here in Oz.
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:40 PM
 
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I will only use a clothes dryer in the winter when I can no longer hang laundry outside due to weather. A problem I've been having with the line though is the line keeps falling down. I hope this latest fix will be the last because it is frustrating putting wet clothes on the line only to have it fall to the ground. I never used to have this problem so I don't know what the deal is. At any rate, I love hanging clothes on the line, it is relaxing ritual for me and there is nothing better than the smell of clothes dried outside, delicious! Saving energy costs is just an added benefit.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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SD - what are you using for cloths pins? Are you using any? IIRC the cloths line has to be very firmy fastened at both ends with intermediate supports hooking the bottom line to the top. It also has to be kept very tight.

As I said our condo rules prohibit lines and drying racks outside. Those rules were made in the mid 70's when the appearance of wealth was more important than the fact. I guess that has not changed.
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:22 AM
 
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Actually, I do both. I put just about everything in the dryer for five or so minutes. Then I take the garments out and hang them on hangers. I then hang them outside on the line. The really hard spin-cycle wrinkles are gone and I get the nice fresh smell of line-dried. I hang my personal pretties on clip hangers and hang them inside. My neighbors already know too much about me.

In the winter, when it's too cold to hang them outside, I have lines in the basement.
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Old 09-03-2011, 10:19 AM
 
Location: East Coast
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I hang just about everything outside (in nice weather) except for undies and towels. LOVE that fresh outdoor smell, especially on sheets!
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