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Setting a clothesline

Carefully read the instructions for installation provided by your clothesline manufacturer and follow these simple steps to use Cement Australia Concrete Mix to install your new clothesline.

Tools you will need:

  • Spirit level
  • Tape measure
  • Post shovel or long handled shovel
  • Shovel
  • Measuring jug
  • Hose or bucket
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Rod for tamping

Materials you will need:

  • Bags of Concrete Mix 20kg
  • Clothesline and ground socket
  • Drainage material: gravel
  • Clean water

 


Recommended products

Although you can use any product from the Cement Australia concrete range, we recommend Concrete Mix for strength & durability.

Alternatively, give our new PRO-Mix product range a go.

Concrete Mix

Hardens within 24 hours, can be finished to a smooth surface

Extra Strength PRO-50 Concrete Mix

Hardens within 24 hours, can be finished to a smooth surface

Before you get started

  • Read the Hints & Tips section
  • Ensure there are no pipes or services below the ground; contact Dial Before You Dig on 1100 or via their website www.1100.com.au for advice on the locations of submerged pipes and cables.
    get advice from Dial Before You Dig on the location of cables or pipes on your property
  • Carefully read the installation instructions supplied by the manufacturer of the Clothesline.
  • Use our simple Calculator to work out how much Concrete Mix you will need for the project.

 

Safety

Before you begin any project, please ensure you protect yourself with the following:

Look after yourself properly

  • Protect your skin and eyes.  Cement based products are alkaline and can cause burns to exposed skin or eyes.
  • When working outdoors, be SunSmart - Slip on some sun-protective clothing – Slop on sunscreen - Slap on a hat - Seek shade - Slide on some sunglasses.
  • All 20kg bags of cement products require 2 people to lift them safely. Always follow safe lifting procedures to avoid injury.  So you will need a friend to help you handle the 20kg bags of Concrete Mix.

How to set a new clothesline in the ground using concrete

Step 1: PLAN YOUR HOLE
Consult the installation instructions from your Clothesline manufacturer to position your hole and decide the required depth and diameter of hole.  This will vary based on the size and span of your clothesline.

Step 2: DIG YOUR HOLE
Use a post hole digger or long handled shovel to dig your hole adding 10-20cm depth to allow for gravel to be placed under the post for drainage.  

Refer to our simple Calculator to work out how much concrete product you will need.

Step 3: SOAK THE HOLE
Pre-soak the hole thoroughly with clean water and allow the water to drain into the soil.

Step 4: ADD GRAVEL FOR DRAINGE
Place 10-20cm of gravel in the hole for drainage.

Step 5: MIX CONCRETE & WATER
In a non-porous vessel, such as a wheelbarrow, add the Concrete Mix no more than 2 bags at a time. Add exactly 2.5 litres of clean water per bag of Concrete Mix and mix thoroughly with a shovel remembering that excess water ruins good concrete.

Watch this video to see how to mix concrete.

Step 6: POSITION SOCKET, ADD CONCRETE & TAMP WELL
Position your ground socket in the centre of the hole pushing it into the gravel slightly, ensuring that it is set to the correct depth based on the installation instructions from your Clothesline manufacturer. Add the correct amount of the mixed concrete to the hole, filling the hole to the level recommended in the installation instructions. Tamp the product around the ground socket using a rod to remove any air pockets. Should you need more concrete for the hole, immediately repeat the process with another bag.  

Step 7: SLOPE THE SURFACE
Heap the surface of the concrete to create a rounded crown around the ground socket so any surface water flows away from the clothesline post.  

Step 8: ALLOW CONCRETE TO HARDEN
Allow the concrete to harden for a minimum of 24 hours before installing the top part of the clothesline into the ground socket.  Allow the concrete to harden for 7 days before loading the clothesline with heavy wet washing.

 

Hints & tips

  • It is really important that you keep the concrete out of the locking recess in the ground socket otherwise you will not be able to insert the clothesline post into the ground socket.
  • The ambient temperature can affect the setting times of all types of concrete. If the temperature is less than 10oC, wait until the day becomes warmer and if its over 35oC then postpone the job until it is cooler.