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Encyclopedia > Clothes line
Clothes lines in New York City, from a 1904 postcard

A clothes line or washing line is any type of rope, cord, or twine that has been stretched between two points(i.e two sticks), generally outside, above the level of the ground. Clothing that has recently been washed is hung along the line to dry, using clothes pegs or clothespins. Washing lines are attached either from a post or a wall, and are frequently located in back gardens, or on balconies. Longer washing lines often have poles holding up sections in the middle due to the weight of the clothing. Washing lines may fall down due to the weather or being run into, which often makes the clothes hung on it dirty again. This is often the case if the line is hung too low. Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 542 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 677 pixel, file size: 206 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Postcard: Multiple clothes lines in New York, New York, copyright 1904 Desxription: From front of postcard, caption: Monday Morning in New York City Also on... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 542 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 677 pixel, file size: 206 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Postcard: Multiple clothes lines in New York, New York, copyright 1904 Desxription: From front of postcard, caption: Monday Morning in New York City Also on... Coils of rope used for long-line fishing A rope (IPA: ) is a length of fibers, twisted or braided together to improve strength for pulling and connecting. ... A spool of twine. ... A baby wearing many items of winter clothing: headband, cap, fur-lined coat, shawl and sweater. ... Clothes pins on a clothes line A clothespin (also C47, clothes peg, or just peg) is a fastener used to hang up, and dry clothes, usually on a clothes line. ... A balcony Balcony (from Italian balco, scaffold; cf. ...


In some places, however, zoning regulations may prohibit their use as clothes lines are sometimes associated with poverty or considered unaesthetic. This is particularly true in California, USA. But in Scotland, many tenement buildings have a drying green — a communal area which, while it may be used as a recreational space, is predominantly a place with many clothes lines. In Australia, one may see examples of the Hills Hoist, a type of rotary clothes line built in that country, although other countries have their own design of rotary dryer. A typical zoning map; this one identifies the zones, or development districts, in the city of Ontario, California Zoning is a North American term for a system of land-use regulation. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the country. ... Categories: Stub | House types ... The top of a typical clothesline found in suburban Australia The Hills Hoist is an Australian version of the rotary clothes line, the distinguishing feature of which is a crown and pinion winding mechanism invented by Adelaide based Lance Hill in 1945. ...


The use of the clothes line is dependent upon fair weather and as the powered clothes dryer has become more affordable and included in home automation, especially in North America and Europe, external drying has declined in popularity. However, due to various concerns, pro-environment groups welcome the use of the clothes line. An electric clothes dryer A clothes dryer or tumble dryer is a household appliance that is used to remove the residual moisture from a load of clothing and other textiles, generally shortly after they are cleaned in a washing machine. ... Light control computerized system Home automation (also called domotics) is a field within building automation, specializing in the specific automation requirements of private homes and in the application of automation techniques for the comfort and security of its residents. ... North American redirects here. ...


More elaborate rotary washing lines save space and are typically retractable and square or triangular in shape, with multiple lines being used. These can be folded up when not in use, although there is a hazard of getting fingers caught in the folded up version, so there is usually a safety button involved.

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It is not to be overlooked that compared to the tumble drier, the clothes line or rotary drier uses no energy, and thus gives an environmental benefit. Many people prefer the smell of traditionally dried clothing to tumble-dried. An electric clothes dryer A clothes dryer or tumble dryer (also spelt with an i: drier) is a major household appliance that is used to remove the residual moisture from clothing or fabrics, generally shortly after being cleaned in a washing or washing/drying machine. ...


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A clothes horse A clotheshorse (often written as two words, ie clothes horse) refers to a frame (usually wooden, metal or plastic) upon which clothes are hung after washing to enable them to dry. ... An electric clothes dryer A clothes dryer or tumble dryer is a household appliance that is used to remove the residual moisture from a load of clothing and other textiles, generally shortly after they are cleaned in a washing machine. ... A drying rack is a device intended for hanging clothing to dry. ...

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  • Article about washing lines and clothes pegs
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  • Wiki site detailing the different types of clotheslines, drying racks, hoists etc. and where to buy them
  • Clothesline review network where anyone can place a review or rating of any type of clothesline, washing line or clothes airer from around the world
  • Australian Clothesline Store
  • Online shop with clothesline products for the USA and Canada

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Clothes Line Covers are now available for a range of clothes line models including covers for most rotary clotheslines and also a clothes line cover for folding frame or foldown clothes line types.
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Retractable clothes line with 5 lines that extends out to 8 or 10 metres.
Clothes line - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (342 words)
A clothes line or washing line is any type of string, rope, cord, or twine that has been stretched between two points, generally outside, above the level of the ground.
Clothing that has recently been washed is hung along the line to dry, using clothes pegs or clothespins.
The use of the clothes line is dependent upon fair weather and as the powered clothes dryer has become more affordable, especially in North America, external drying has declined in popularity.
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