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Old 08-20-2023, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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With the dryer still not heating (little time to search out a repair, the DIY motivation not to call out and pay Captain Maytag), I have a pretty neat arrangement. A porch on a secluded ranch where I can put up the temporary clothes rack and let this wonderful Texas Heat do the job.

Clothes line wise, I have it made!....Well, maybe not made but a decently workable situation.

BUT, how would other people do it without such an arrangement, like city slickers?
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Old 08-20-2023, 05:09 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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There are endless ways to hang dry wet clothing: suspend racks from ceilings and operate them by pulleys, hang over bathtubs or in shower stalls, set up racks or clotheslines in garages or carports, you name it.

Creativity is the mother of invention.
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Old 08-20-2023, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
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My solar dryer is the umbrella type and is in use as this as being typed. It holds about four large loads of laundry including towels and bedding. On a good drying day like today (light breeze, partly sunny, moderate humidity), it takes about four hours for everything to be fully dried. In the wintertime or during icky weather, I use a combination of the basement lines and the electric dryer. It can handle a good, stiff breeze. On windy, sunny days, clothing dries really quickly--fast enough that if it's a big laundry day, I can hang dry six loads of laundry in short order.

I live in a somewhat urban inner ring suburb with close neighbors, FWIW. The umbrella is lowered and covered when it's not in use and and removed from its ground socket and stored away once the first snows fly. The socket came with a plug, so it stays clean and open when the umbrella part as been removed for the season.

The company that makes my style of dryer makes them in three sizes (5', 9', and 14' diameters). Mine is the 9' size. They're a bit spendy, but quite sturdy and all parts are easily replaced, so they're a good value for the money.

Most people where I grew up simply ran cotton clothesline between trees, posts, and/or house--much as I still do when I'm camping. Simple, inexpensive, effective.

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Old 08-20-2023, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Home is Where You Park It
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I travel full time in a van. Often, in the summer, I don't bother putting my freshly laundered clothes in the dryer. Instead, I take the wet clothes to wherever I'm staying, and drape my clothes over whatever is handy, including trees and bushes and my folding chair. My clothes smell so wonderful when they're dry!
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Old 08-21-2023, 01:31 AM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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So many choices. In Sydney where we live all the homes which cost several million dollars have clothes lines and use them.

https://www.lifestyleclotheslines.co...iAAEgKmD_D_BwE
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Old 08-21-2023, 05:00 AM
 
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There are indoor umbrella stand type clothes racks. They work very well especially if your home has central air system. They offer some privacy if you don’t want your underwear’s or expensive clothing hanging out for the neighbors or thieves to see.
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Old 08-21-2023, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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No problems here. Even in subzero temps I can find a way to dry my clothes. Just give me a sunny spot and a bush..

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Old 08-21-2023, 10:46 PM
 
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I live in a condo and only use the dryer for towels, sheets, underwear, etc. Everyone else is hung on a drying rack that I keep in my guest bedroom.
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Old 08-21-2023, 11:05 PM
 
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I live in a condo and only use the dryer for towels, sheets, underwear, etc. Everyone else is hung on a drying rack that I keep in my guest bedroom.
Same here (apartment dweller, no yard). I have a collapsible rack big enough to hold about one washload of clothes. Whatever doesn't fit goes in the dryer, though I hate using it. It is nice for towels, they come out softer. Air is free and less destructive, but takes longer.

I like the outdoor umbrella racks, good for saving space. I lived in a rental once without a washing machine and I'd go wash everything at a laundromat and then bring it home wet to hang on a line I rigged across the patio.
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Old 08-22-2023, 10:52 AM
 
Location: near bears but at least no snakes
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Another apartment person here. It says in our lease that we are not allowed to dry our clothes outside (or on a clothesline or something like that. Guess I need to read the lease again LOL).

BUT I have a folding wooden rack in my bedroom and that's where I dry my nice vintage 100% cotton percale sheets and pillowcases. Also anything else that I value. On the balcony I have a tiny metal folding rack (Amazon) that will hold a lot of small things and today it's even drying a bed comforter that I just washed. I want that comforter totally dry and sanitized and undamaged, not mangled in a dryer.

Pants like jeans will get the dryer but taken out before totally dry and allowed to dry naturally. I do think these apartment complexes have a point, being that clotheslines all over the place would look hideous--think of those old pictures of clotheslines in NYC tenaments over 100 years ago, but line drying is so much better!
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