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elastic clothesline (with pegs)

a laundry line with built-in pegs
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never need to find a peg ever again.

now I have not quite worked out the mechanics of this but come washing day, you pull out your pegline from its tidy little box nailed onto the wall and you yank out the length of line that you require. small items of clothing just require a loose floppy line with pegs at roughly 3 – 4 inches apart. t-shirts require a tauter line so that the pegs are drawn further apart say 18 inches. really big items like sheets need you to attach the other end of the line to the tree at the bottom of the garden – its now at its most tense (mind you don’t let go!) and the pegs have been extended about 3 feet apart.

this is all very neat as heavy wet laundry sits nicely on the taut line and socks bob happily on the loose one.

I am working on a method to incorporate floppy lengths of line with taut lengths.

(tonight for one night only the England flag is flapping gaily along the full length.)

po, Jun 21 2004

Pegless Bungee Clothesline http://www.jgwhyte.com/clothesline.htm
As Dr. Curry & Detly described. [jurist, Oct 05 2004]

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       A relatively tight, twisted pair of lines would enable you to push the corners of the clothes between the lines, which would then hold them. I used to just leave the pegs on my mother's line.
DrCurry, Jun 21 2004
  

       the pegs are structurally part of the line.   

       your solution might be worth thinking about.   

       I don't leave pegs out - spiders sit in them.
po, Jun 21 2004
  

       the sap keeps escaping!   

       nothing finer than the laundry drying on the line. my proudest moments were watching a line full of dazzling white nappies blowing in the wind...   

       and thank you for the vote, I see Curry has yet to discover the finer points of fresh air laundry drying.
po, Jun 21 2004
  

       I prefer not to air my laundry publicly...   

       P.S. My mother recently discovered the downside of fresh air drying when a panty thief stole hers.
DrCurry, Jun 21 2004
  

       why not? what you got to hide? <snigger>   

       p.s. that's not really a downside - its a compliment!
po, Jun 21 2004
  

       V
o  ------------
^  Your pegs don't have a curly wire middle to string them to your line?
dpsyplc, Jun 21 2004
  

       //I don't leave pegs out - spiders sit in them.// Leave them out and feel good about your self. You gave a helpless little spider a home. It certainly won't be a tarantula!!
kbecker, Jun 22 2004
  

       //Your pegs don't have a curly wire middle to string them to your line?// yes, traditional pegs do but these pegs are stationary at their position; moving only with the stretching of the line.
po, Jun 22 2004
  

       <Papa Lazarou> Do you want to buy some pegs</Papa Lazarou>
oneoffdave, Jun 22 2004
  

       I may be misunderstanding but...
You have two pegs 4 inches apart, you stretch the line so that they're 18 inches apart, and you peg your T-shirt onto them. You let go, the tautness of the line returns the pegs to 4 inches apart, and your T is hanging like a limp rag.
As I said...
angel, Jun 22 2004
  

       you're misunderstanding. :)   

       you pull the line out and attach it to a post or a tree at a distance that gives you the tautness you require.   

       what do you call those gizmos that you wrap a line around in a figure of 8 shape? you perhaps could use one of those.
po, Jun 22 2004
  

       (As before)
So if you're drying a huge towel and a sock, you need two lines, one attached to something 3 feet away, and the other to something 4 inches away?
(As before)
angel, Jun 22 2004
  

       //I am working on a method to incorporate floppy lengths of line with taut lengths.// oh come now, us geniuses need time to work out the finer tweaking.
po, Jun 22 2004
  

       //what do you call those gizmos that you wrap a line around in a figure of 8 shape?// They are called cleats. Any chandler worth their salt will be pleased to sell them to you.
oneoffdave, Jun 22 2004
  

       Still pondering why stringing pegs' curly wire middles on a line won't fix the length vs. width problem and the lost peg problem, as well as eliminate a hidey hole for the odd spider.
dpsyplc, Jun 22 2004
  

       Clotheslines are good for the environment and the household economy.
FarmerJohn, Jun 22 2004
  

       dipsy, you are just far too sensible for your own good.   

       spiders can always manage to lurk in a peg.   

       // bad for tall naked men// especially the elastic version, bliss.
po, Jun 22 2004
  

       Get a dryer.
DesertFox, Jun 22 2004
  

       If you can stretch an elastic clothesline that far, then it will be much too flimsy to keep off the ground. Maybe pegs that slide like those permanent coathangers?
RayfordSteele, Jun 22 2004
  

       Speaking of airing laundry, I haven't been the bakeshop in some time because I was sure no one was having any fun, but between spiders, pegs and tall naked men I can see everyone here is in fine form. : )   

       How about a hand crank on one end which will adjust the tenseness (worldgineer's word) without fussing with cleats? I like this idea, [po]. +
k_sra, Jun 24 2004
  

       Especially with the crank handle and combination of elastic/inelastic sections, this is a good idea. Have a bun...   

       Now, can we sort out a solution, perhaps with a top and bottom line to eliminate ironing?
originalsen, Jun 25 2004
  

       I can totally see a group of kids sitting around a circle on the floor with a bong suggesting the same thing and saying "woah!" +
sartep, Jun 25 2004
  

       [DrCurry] - the twisted line you described in your first annotation exists; it's called a pegless clothesline, and I have one somewhere...
Detly, Jun 25 2004
  

       sounds like to much work, its like youve got to build your own clothesline every wash, to much hassle for todays lazy people
ctown, Jul 08 2004
  

       sp:too   

       it's just a case of pulling it to the length desired. how hard is that?   

       off topic - a tree in my neighbour's garden fell down yesterday so I don't have a garden let alone a washing line.
po, Jul 08 2004
  

       But wood for the fireplace?
FarmerJohn, Jul 08 2004
  

       How about an extendable wire inside that when the clamps are engaged they hold the stretched position that way you have pegs that are usuable for anysize object without having to restretch it when you go from sheets to shirts
LonesharkX, Jan 25 2006
  
      
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