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Windy Pegs

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Windy days are the best for drying clothes but also a danger to washing on the line, as things get blown down onto the flowerbeds or lawn. Two pegs securely attached to each end of a length of bungee. Attach one end to clothing, other to line. (two windy pegs per piece of clothing as usual) Some of force of wind blown jiggling of clothes is dissipated through bungee. Clothes no longer require rewashing, or in extreme cases, excavating.
Zircon, Mar 05 2003


       Could work, but the pegs holding the bungee to the line, would probably need to be more like loops, or have some kind of securing mechanism.
silverstormer, Mar 05 2003

       Ooo! ooo! better idea, with help from [silverstormer] instead of 2 pegs, have one peg and a loop of bungee, this could be hung over the line then the peg could be threaded through the middle. This would reduce the unit price for the same effect, infact I think it would be easier to use.
Zircon, Mar 05 2003

       I recommend a clothes dryer.
waugsqueke, Mar 05 2003

       but [waugs] clothes dryers; shrink my clothes, cost money to rent/buy, take up valuable space otherwise normally occupied by piles of unwashed clothes, use lots of electricity and thus are not only expensive to run but unecologically friendly, and they can be quite noisy.
Zircon, Mar 05 2003

       So? Get one anyway. You won't regret it. You'll wonder how you ever put up with that hanging nonsense.
waugsqueke, Mar 05 2003

       To tell the truth, I use a clothes horse, or the radiators when the heating's on, but my mother always has this problem, and she has a dryer (which she mainly uses when its raining).
Zircon, Mar 05 2003

       And it's so much fun to count "3, 2, 1, jump!" before dropping your pants (from the line).
FarmerJohn, Mar 05 2003

       Hanging clothes is good. I think though, the gusting wind would set up a harmonic resonance in the bungee, swinging the clothes back and forth with increasing amplitude. Those that managed to hang on would dry in a jiffy. Others would be slingshotted into the neighbors yard, where the evil dog would have her way with them.
bungston, Mar 05 2003

       Reminder: *Just get (or) use...* are anti/2 approaches to solving problems.
If the wind dies down, how much rewashing will be done if clothes drag on ground?
thumbwax, Mar 05 2003

       Agreed, thumb. It's just that hanging clothes seems so Victorian.
waugsqueke, Mar 05 2003

       A Victorian tumble-dryer would be good. Steam-powered (of course).
Outdoor hanging would be good were it not for pigeons.
angel, Mar 06 2003

       <Obligatory "When I first read this idea"> I thought it was posted by some expatriate of Canada's Friendly Manitoba, specifically Winnipeg. Is [Zircon] familiar with Portage & Main?   

       If you are worried about pigeons or other flying feces dispensers soiling your wash, go to the local hardware store and buy a plastic owl. Simply mount it on your clothesline pole and the birdies will stay well clear of your yard. Heck, they don't know it's plastic. They just think it is a verrrrrry patient predator.
Canuck, Mar 07 2003

       Except maybe more owls //Heck, they don't know it's plastic. They just think it is a verrrrrry patient// partner.
FarmerJohn, Mar 07 2003

       Just make sure you get your washing in before it gets dark! Last time I checked owls were nocturnal.
silverstormer, Mar 07 2003


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