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When we moved into our house, the only place to hang up our laundry was on some rusty wires, strung between even rustier poles, mounted to brackets bolted to a wall. To top it off, the contraptio­n was in a very shady part of the garden.

I priced new washing lines and decided I’d rather try and make a framework myself, inspired by the original wall-mounted system.

Using treated constructi­on timber and a few offcuts, I made up two sturdy wooden arms with triangulat­ed support brackets, by sawing the timbers at 45° angles and screwing them together with some decking screws that I had in my workshop.

Into the arms, I drilled 10 mmdiameter holes at regular intervals for my lines to loop through.

Next, I selected a prime, northfacin­g sunny spot in the garden, which was fortunatel­y right next to our timber boundary fence, so I didn’t have to drill into any brickwork. I attached my roughand-ready brackets to the fence using a motley selection of screws and planks, and strung some rope between the arms to make up the new lines.

I’m very pleased with the outcome – essentiall­y free, because it was made with bits and pieces that I had lying around. It does the job beautifull­y, and supports a full load of towels and bedding in gusty wind. And the best part is that unlike the original version, this one won’t rust!

Daniel Rosen

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