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My house at university doesn't have a garden and no tumble dryer, making it really hard to dry my clothes in a decent amount of time. We do have a large private parking area though at the back of the house so thought it would be a good idea to look for some form of fold away washing line to use in the warmer months outside. Amazon, as usual, showed me the perfect product.
Delivered, the washing lines comes in a nice nylon bag so that it can be stored easily without taking up much space which is exactly what I wanted. I didn't want to be using it all of the time and, because it isn't nailed down, was worried about it being stolen. When folded, the washing line measures 124cm x 10cm x 10cm and when erected, it measures approximately 132cm x 96cm x 96cm. I have rubbish sense of sizes though so would not be able to picture the size in my head at all.
The frame is coloured in 'gun metal' and is also made out of a lightweight metal, making it easy to carry around and move about. The washing line stands on a four legs, spread into a square with an upside down pyramid making up the actual washing lines. Once constructed, there are 4 lines in different lines on each side of the pyramid, giving you plenty of space to hang your clothes.
The product comes with an A4 sheet of paper with the instructions which were extremely easy to follow. Some of the lines were a little bit tangled in the bag but it took no effort at all to straighten them out which was a massive relief. I did not want to be sat there on the floor for hours untangling wires. Assembly was really easy and hardly took any time at all which was pleasing as I was expecting it to be quite complicated for some reason.
The only real downfall with this product is that it won't stand up in heavy winds unless weighted down with something but in these cases, I just don't use it and dry things in my room instead. I have used this as an indoor air-er as well as it seems silly to buy another one just for inside!
This product is currently available on Amazon.com for £15.51.
Although my camping days are now over, I found myself absolutely delighted to find this handy little washing line for sale in one of our local stores.
"Why?" I hear you ask.
Well, I am building a large shed to replace a couple of old dilapidated ones, but unfortunately, one pole of my old washing line was in the way and so had to be demolished along with the sheds. This, of course left me with nothing on which to hang my washing until the new shed was built and I could find an alternative solution to the problem.
There were plenty of rotary lines to be had, but I needed all the space available to work in, so the only solution for me, seemed to be an inexpensive line, which could easily be folded and stored away until needed, after each use.
~~~~~The Sunncamp Platinum folded washing Line ~~~~
Sunflair Ltd, is a Chelmsford based company who specialise in quality camping equipment which go under the name of Sunncamp. The Platinum washing line is one of three designs for campers and for anyone interested, their website is www.sunncamp.com. They claim to be "Big enough to be competitive and small enough to care."
The Washing line comes with a strong nylon carry bag, with wide, comfy to carry, handle. When folded it measures 124cm x10cm x 10cm. (4'1" x 4" x 4") When erected it measures approximately 132cm x 96cm x 96cm (4'5" x 3'3" x3'3")
The gun-metal coloured frame, made from a light weight metal material, steel or aluminium perhaps, weighs 3.25kg which is a little over 7lbs . The only way I can describe its shape, is that the four legged stand is pyramid shaped with an inverted pyramid frame, to which the lines are attached, secured to the top of the legs with a central rod. The plastic fixtures are such that they allow the frame to be folded when the rod is released from the upper part of the frame.
The line is of white corded nylon, about the thickness of a normal washing line and seems to be fixed around the frame by rivets giving in total, sixteen, varying lengths of line on the outer part of the frame. When erected, there are two more strands of line, which span the frame cornerwise at the top giving extra hanging space, not present in the rotary type of line.
~~~~~ My impression~~~~~
An A4 sheet of diagrammatic instructions, simplified the construction of the line for the first time.
The upper part of the frame carrying the line is opened, and then turned upside down to make it easier to engage the rod connection to the line section.
When I removed it from the carry case, I was worried that the lines were tangled and although they looked a tangled mess, they unfolded quickly and easily with no tangling at all.
Without the instructions, I would have struggled to erect it, simply because I would not have thought of turning it upside down to fix the rod from the base legs to the line-frame.
Because the longest length of line is 39-inches, it is not possible to hang large items such as sheets or Duvet covers without folding them first, otherwise I have been able to hang all my washing as normal on the line.
It is not a permanent solution for me and as soon as my shed is built I can get either a rotary or different system set up, until then I am perfectly happy with this little line. It is easy to put up and fold away - perfect. After almost six months constant use, the lines have not become tangle once, however they have stretched a little with some of the weightier items, such as bath towels.
As for campers and caravanners, I can imagine this would be very useful, since it is lightweight and stores so easily. In my camping days, when there were no official campsites (does anyone remember those days?) We used to drape items to dry over the guy-ropes of the tent or even the tent itself. Not a very satisfactory method especially when there were sheep or inquisitive cows in the field...or dunes in Ireland. I leave you to imagine why.
One year on, shed built, but I am still using this washing line, I really must get around to putting up a more permanent fixture before long.