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    Super Member Colbaltjars62's Avatar
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    I remember clotheslines but had no idea there were rules. :shock: :shock:

    Do you remember clotheslines?



    You have to be a certain age to appreciate this. I can still hear my mother now ...





    THE BASIC RULES FOR CLOTHESLINES: (if you don't know what clotheslines are, better skip this)




    1. You had to wash the clothes line before hanging any clothes (walk the entire lengths of each line with a damp cloth around the lines).


    2. You had to hang the clothes in a certain order, and always hang "whites" with "whites," and hang them first.


    3. You never hung a shirt by the shoulders - always by the tail!. What would the neighbors think?


    4. Wash day on a Monday! . .. . Never hang clothes on the weekend, or Sunday, for Heaven's sake!


    5. Hang the sheets and towels on the outside lines so you could hide your "unmentionables" in the middle (perverts & busybodies, y'know!)


    6. It didn't matter if it was sub zero weather ... Clothes would "freeze-dry. "


    7. Always gather the clothes pins when taking down dry clothes! Pins left on the lines were "tacky!"


    8. If you were efficient, you would line the clothes up so that each item did not need two clothes pins, but shared one of the clothes pins with the next washed item.


    9. Clothes off of the line before dinner time, neatly folded in the clothes basket, and ready to be ironed.


    10. IRONED?! Well, that's a whole other subject!

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    I didn't know there were rules that I was following when I had a clothes line. Well atleast 1 thru 7 that is.

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    what was the length of wood with a notch used to raise and tighten the line----our first line went from our house eves to a branch on our red river gum tree--40 years ago that branch is now 2 meters higher than the house

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    I remember having to follow #7 & #8. We didn't get to use the dryer if it was nice outside.

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    Yes...I remember well. I love to sleep in a bed with fresh sheets dried outside on the line.

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    Wish I still had a clothesline. I miss the smell of clean sheets!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma
    what was the length of wood with a notch used to raise and tighten the line----our first line went from our house eves to a branch on our red river gum tree--40 years ago that branch is now 2 meters higher than the house
    I have a clothesline now and have that same stick. My line goes from a tree to the light pole and it sags in the middle when loaded. So I got a cedar 1X2, notched it on one end and prop up the line when needed. I'm sure there is a specific name for it but I can't remember it either. Clothesline poles are what usually hold the lines.

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    I grew up with those rules. I remember Grandma bringing in Grandpas work pants in the winter and they were frozen solid.

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    Yup, I remember those rules well!

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    I use a whirly "clothesline." Only one of those rules applies to reality: hang clothes by the tail. Goes for pants, too.

    We hang unmentionables indoors as did my grandmother. They're indoors because the sun eats them not because of any false modesty.

    Weirdness: the sun eats jeans quickly but cotton t-shirts last forever.

    The most important clothesline rule: Pay attention to the weather.

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