“ Brand: Vileda / Type: Washing Line / Category: Laundry „
When we moved into our current house a year ago, there were scraggy and frayed washing lines in every direction in the garden, it looked like the previous owners had been practising how they would get through those invisible red alarms you see in bank vaults! In fact, I don't even think our sofa had been taken out of the removal van and I was in the garden with a pair of scissors cutting them all down. They looked horrendous and had to go. In our old garden we had a rotary, but for some reason we didn't bring it with us, so I hastily made a trip to our local HomeBase for a new one. When I got there I saw the Vileda corded washing line, and instantly dismissed the rotary which even when folded down stands out like a sore thumb. Not the Vileda!
The Vileda allows that your garden looks neat and tidy when you don't have your washing hung out. In fact you'd probably not even notice it. Drilled to the wall, the Vileda needs a hook at an opposite end, a fair distance away where you can extend the line out to and hook into place ready to hang lots of washing on!
In comparison to the rotary that I had previously use, my washing dries much quicker as it's not all enclosed into a small space, and is separated out onto a line. I found that unless it was a scorcher or very windy, my washing would take quite a while to dry, but when using the line, it dries in next to no time on any day (except rain of course!). The line extends to 15 metres which I find more than sufficient for my needs and when I am at home during the warmer months I can happily dry 3 to 4 loads of washing in one day if I have it.
Now for the price. Well believe it or not, I got this for the glorious price of £1 in HomeBase. Don't get excited and fly down there immediately, the reason was because the packaging was very badly damaged, but upon closer inspection there was absolutely nothing wrong with the product! Excellent! So how much will you pay for this? After a quick search online, I have found it at various places with the average price coming in at around £10 which I think is fairly reasonable, especially if you compare the cost of a rotary which for a decent large one will set you back around £30.
The body of the Vileda is strong and sturdy, and made from a good solid plastic to house the retractable line. It is weather resistant, I've had mine up for a year now and it doesn't look any different. I imagine that over the years it will fade in the sunlight, but this doesn't bother me at all. To use the line, you simply pull the line and walk it to where your hook is (mine goes diagonally across the garden from a wall to the fence) and then attach the line to the hook. You then need to secure the line in place by pulling the line tight and wrapping it under a little hook just underneath where the line comes out. I then hang my washing onto it before lifting it up with the extendable poles. This keeps the line in place and prevents it from drooping low on the floor. The one thing I will say about the extendable line is how much weight it holds. I can't find an approximate or a suggested maximum weight, but I often avoid putting more than one or two pairs of jeans on the line with a full load of washing. The weight makes me nervous, and when I once did put 3 or 4 pairs on the line along with a few jumpers, I could hear the line creaking in the plastic housing.
A great retractable washing line than can stay out all year long and is from the trusted brand Vileda.
Vileda VIL102811 Cordomatic In And out Line 15metre
I am not the fussiest person in the world but I really do like things to be right. I like my garden to look like a garden and not be festooned with washing lines. I struggled with the in Australia as they love their huge rotary clothes lines and often these took up half the garden. Not only do I like my garden looking nice but I also like to hang my washing outside as often as the British weather permits. This meant some thinking and looking around for possible solutions. We found this great quite neat and extending line that fitted to the house wall and extended across the garden. At the other end my husband screwed a largish hook into a tree and the end of the line hooks over this.
I always try Amazon first as I usually have some vouchers from various survey sites and amazingly I found this one for the bargainous price of £8.49 with free postage. I was really quite pleased with my find and despite my husband saying it probably won't be strong enough I decided to order it. I ordered it and as with all my Amazon purchases it arrived a couple of days later.
Now I am not bad at painting and wall papering but I am rubbish at drilling holes into walls so I had to wait patiently for my husband to put this up. It is fixed quite high on the outside wall of the house. Too high for me to reach without a small step ladder but luckily my husband is tall so he puts it in and out for me.
At the other end he just put a large brass screw in hook into a tree. This is also too high for me to reach and is now in the midst of bushes so my husband has to clamber carefully through these in order to get the line down again but it doesn't take him long, far less than 5 minutes. We tend to leave it up through the summer months unless we are having guests or potential buyers around to view the house. In winter it tends to stay rolled away but if it is a really nice drying day we will pull it out as it isn't a huge bother and is certainly far easier than my job of hanging the washing on the line. You pull out the line from the housing until you can hook the end over the fixed hook on the tree. You then have to go back to the main part on the wall and pull it tight then wind a bit of the line around a holding bit so that it is fixed and doesn't just keep coming out.
I was very thrilled with this and wanted to test it out as soon as possible. Despite my great excitement at its arrival I managed to restrain myself and did my usual wash using the timer so that it went through on economy 7 electricity and the next day went out with my basket of washing to test out my latest purchase.
I hung all the washing on my new line and it was plenty long enough but I did notice that the only problem I had was that my sheets draped across the lawn as my line drooped in the middle when all my washing was on it. So I had to buy a prop which I have also reviewed.
That was about six years ago now and the line goes in and out quite a few times a year. It is outside in all weathers, snow, wind, sun rain and the cover of the main part fo the line that holds it all when wound it has faded quite a lot but it still retracts in, more slowly and a bit more reluctantly than it used to but it will go in. This means that when it is wound in you would hardly be aware it was there, It is just a small 6" round grey plastic thing about seven foot high on the wall. In fact people often comment on the fact that I have no washing line where do I dry my clothes and I point out my little secret.
My line will extend to 15 metres but I think I only have it about 12 metres across our garden and I find that is quite long enough for one load of washing. If I have a major washing day then I have to wait till one lot is dry then put the rest out. As I rarely have this problem except on a really sunny day if I decide to wash duvets and the like I don't have any complaints about the length.
If you were hanging it at a height that a short woman like me could pull out then you would find that the washing will drag on the ground. I have seen one that someone has put across a garden then around a hook and back again as her garden is quite small. Her sheets do drag so she doubled them over.
My main part is grey but the actual line is red so that you do see it as you walk across the garden and I think that this probably has saved my husband getting his head chopped off or his neck caught a few times.
So I am quite pleased with my very simple washing and drying assistant. It is such a simple idea yet it works. It takes up so little space on the wall that you barely notice it, I'm glad it is grey not some other bright colour as that might be a bit more obvious
It is easy to put up and take down and does exactly what I wanted it to so a product that is truly fit for purpose at a decent price that has given me six years of use and hopefully will last us out in this house. We have actually got the house on the market so hopefully it won't have to last too many more months.
So if you want a way of hanging washing in the fresh air to dry but don't want a permanent line in the garden this is the perfect solution for you.Take a visit to Amazon and get one of these as they are just great.
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