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    Penny-Pincher!!
    Washing Line Or Rotary?
    • #1
    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:25 PM
    Washing Line Or Rotary? 22nd Aug 05 at 1:25 PM
    Hey

    My washing line needs replacing as it has rust marks on it and I can only use part of it etc. I have seen a normal retractable line one in Argos for 6.99 or a double one for a tenner, but was wondering whether you guys think a rotary is just as good :confused: I see there alot more expensive

    I dont have a big back garden and we are saving for a conservatory which should be done around next Feb/March. This is going to make garden space more limited and think maybe a rotary will be better suited, also it has a cover and will look quite neat.

    How does a rotary line compare to a standard line? Can I get 2 washloads on a rotary line?

    I sound really dense..lol. Hope someone can advise.

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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 22nd Aug 05, 1:33 PM
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    It sounds like in your situation a rotary one would be a good idea - and yes, I get two loads on mine.
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    • se999
    • By se999 22nd Aug 05, 1:33 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:33 PM
    When we've had small gardens we've had rotaries, but I'm never that keen, if you fully load the stuff in the middle takes longer to dry.

    What we did at one place was have hooks on the walls, and had a normal line we put up and took down, that way it was out of the way when we wanted the garden to look pretty. Because it was a small area we zigzagged it to get the drying area we needed.

    I know you can get covers for rotaries, but they don't look that pretty. Also theoretically you can lift them out and put back, but I've always found something gets in the hole or it sticks and you can't move it.

    Where we're renting there are lines on hooks again, and it made me remember how good this system is.

    Hope this helps.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 22nd Aug 05, 1:35 PM
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    I learned to put light, small, and thin things in the middle and heavier stuff to the outside
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    • 16011996
    • By 16011996 22nd Aug 05, 1:41 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:41 PM
    i prefer lines too. i find rotary ones don't dry as fast, or as well, especially in the middle. ti have a pull out one i zig zag accross a small sapce, it works really well, the hooks hadly show up, and its neat and tidily away when i've finished.
    • Sweet Pea
    • By Sweet Pea 22nd Aug 05, 1:46 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:46 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:46 PM
    Hi
    I always put small things in the middle, like pants and socks etc and the kids things,
    then bigger and thicker clothes and sheets, towels etc round the outside. Maybe Ive got a big rotary drier but mine holds 4 loads and Ive never had a problem with it.
    I had it about a year after I got married so its now 12 years old and still going strong, looks as good as new. I dont leave it up though, after Ive finished with it I fold it down and out the cover on it. OH removes it to mow the lawn and then pops it back in. The only problem Ive had is with the covers, I seem to have to replace them quite often as they rip at the top, usually mend them a few times first with staples etc before finally giving in. I think it may be squirrels though, we have loads of them around here, I have seen one climb up the airer under the cover once.
    • catkins
    • By catkins 22nd Aug 05, 1:51 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:51 PM
    I personally hate rotary dryers. Maybe it's me but I always found things took longer to dry. Also if it is a fairly breezy day washing on a normal line blows a lot more which I prefer.

    I have a rotary for about 3 years but am now back to a line and much prefer it
  • rchddap1
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:54 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:54 PM
    We have a small garden and decided to go with a rotary. So far haven't had a single problem with it. Our rotary is placed in the middle of the garden so that it catches more of the wind. It does a good job for us.
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    • gremlin
    • By gremlin 22nd Aug 05, 1:59 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:59 PM
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    • 22nd Aug 05, 1:59 PM
    Hi


    Have you considered the retractable washing line. Like THIS one.

    When I needed a new line I looked at all of the options as well and decided that this was my best bet. They are about 15m long when you open them out so theres plenty of drying space and because it rolls back into the storage holder when your not using it I find its safer when my kids play in the garden and its out of view too. You can get them for about 5 in any hardware/diy or ive seen them in Asda too.
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  • tootles
    I have had several rotary driers, I do prefer a line but where space is at a premuim you really do not have an alternative, I can get 3 washer loads on mine and I do not peg stuff on every line but leave a line space between, this seems to help things to dry quicker, I put light smallish things in the middle and heavier stuff to the outside, if I hang a duvey cover on the line I pin it by the corners and drape it over the next bit of line and then pin up the outisde corners on the three longest lines towards the outside...... this means that it does not whip too far when the wind blows and prevents it from fouling anything that might be a tad too close.
  • LearningToSave.
    Have a rotary line here too.....always have had,cant seem to stand or get on well with a normal line.
    mine also holds 4 loads so must be big.....wasnt that dear though...got it for 15 in lidls last year....must admit was worried about the quality when we got it but its great.
  • Loadsabob
    I love having a proper washing line. I didn't, for ages, and then my boyfriend put one up, with pullies and everything! It's fabulous. It's higher than my head, so doesn't get it the way at all. It's a double line, so forms a triangle if you see what I mean, and I can get loads on it. My boyfriend reminds me the pully-system is so I can let it down, and NOT have to jump up and try and grab the line, like a mad thing...ah well!

    I'd hate a rotary one now. I used to use one at my Mum's Nothing wrong with it, though clothes often got tangled up, but in my small garden, where I have cages for growing my veg, a rotary thingy bang in the middle of it would make life awkward.
    • kscour
    • By kscour 22nd Aug 05, 4:22 PM
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    Got a four arm rotary line and takes 3- 4 loads no problem. actually first had one because our old house was at the top of a windy hill and having a rotary gave a bit of protection to the smaller items (nothing like having your 70 year old neighbour handing back your knickers to make you rethink your drying arrangements! )

    Unfortunately parts of the supports on mine are going rusty so I think I shall have to sort it out and then invest in a cover - and make sure I use it.

    One point though if yours will be exposed to high winds - buy a sturdy one! Our first rotary was a cheap three arm job that ended up inside out after the wind picked up into a slight gale and I'ld left some bath sheets on it. Never worked quite the same after as the upright part had actually bent and we couldn't get it 100% straight again.
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  • Penny-Pincher!!
    Thanks for the great replies!

    I will have to have a good think :rolleyes: Although a rotary would be more compact, I do like my line. I also have super king bedding which is huge and may be difficult to dry on a rotary line :confused:

    Thanks

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    • nicki
    • By nicki 22nd Aug 05, 5:47 PM
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    I love having a proper washing line. I didn't, for ages, and then my boyfriend put one up, with pullies and everything! It's fabulous. It's higher than my head, so doesn't get it the way at all. It's a double line, so forms a triangle if you see what I mean, and I can get loads on it. My boyfriend reminds me the pully-system is so I can let it down, and NOT have to jump up and try and grab the line, like a mad thing...ah well!
    by Loadsabob
    I have a pulley one as well but it's only a single line in this house (old house was a double but it drove me mad!) and way above my head. I marked one end of the washing line with a bit of electrical tape one then pulled it taught and marked the other end so I wouldn't put too much washing on it and not be able to pull it back up into a taught When I do pull it tight and it stays there even when I've unwound it a bit, I grab something from the wash basket that I want to hang out and fling it up and over the line and then use it to pull the washing line down. No more jumping up to try and catch the washing line with bright sunshine blindness
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    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 22nd Aug 05, 5:53 PM
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    Ive had my rotary for 19 years.One thing I remember about mums line,was,you couldnt really play in the garden while it was loaded.Footballs tend to leave large muddy circles on your sheets otherwise.I can hang kingsized duvet covers on mine which is not very big at all.
    A few years ago,the arms broke so I took the line part off and (after drilling holes for the line to thread through)threaded the broken ends through some bits of pipe left over from a garden gazebo that had torn.Then I painted the whole thing and rethreaded the line.
    • mah_jong
    • By mah_jong 22nd Aug 05, 6:13 PM
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    Always, always had a line. I can rememeber a rotary from my youth that soon died a death...resemble a broken brolly. My sister tried one in her small garden but that broke off at the base ..... she is now back with a line

    Should add I live in a windy corner !!!!
    • Becles
    • By Becles 22nd Aug 05, 6:55 PM
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    I've got a double retractable one and two hooks at the bottom of the garden. I like it as everything gets a decent blow on the line, and I can wind them away when they are not in use.

    It's 9.99 from Argos:
    http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=3801&productId=150556&clickfrom=name
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  • Jacster
    I've got a double retractable one and two hooks at the bottom of the garden. I like it as everything gets a decent blow on the line, and I can wind them away when they are not in use.

    It's 9.99 from Argos:
    http://www.argos.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&langId=-1&catalogId=3801&productId=150556&clickfrom=name
    by Becles
    I've got one like this too. My neighbour's rotary drier has tipped over for the third time, and she's away to buy one like mine.

    Only thing is, make sure you get the poles for them (I got mine for 3 each in Morrisons - cheaper than Argos). I unreel the line, put the poles on to support and then I can load it with more weight than it's supposed to take.

    If you've got super-kingsize bedding, I'd definitely go for a line. You'll need to fold that to go over a rotary drier and it'll take longer to dry.

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    • maryb
    • By maryb 22nd Aug 05, 7:51 PM
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    I have a line and a rotary - smalls on the rotary and sheets and towels on the line. Husband whinges about washing hanging out but that way it all dries really quickly in the smallest amount of space
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