It is time for an update on the rotary washing line. Whilst they’re still popular, there’s some things you need to know about them before buying one – and we’ve got 10 of the most common problems and how to solve them!
Washing clothes has never been so easy with a rotary washing line. But sometimes things can go wrong… We’ve compiled this list of 10 common problems that can often happen when using a rotary washing line but don’t worry, each problem is followed by solutions on how to avoid it happening again.
So, let’s discuss 10 common rotary washing line problems and how to solve them easily:
Rotary Washing Line Problems
The clothes are not getting dry enough
This could be caused by anything from an overly wet load or dirty water in your tank to too many items in one go .
The reason this happens is because the rotary washing line spins clothes up to three times faster than a conventional washing machine, meaning they get thrown about more and making it harder for water to escape. The best way of avoiding this problem is to always use lower spin speeds and only wash at half capacity – you’re less likely to successfully dry clothes that way, but it will help reduce the problem.
My rotary washing line has suddenly stopped turning / is very weak / is making a lot of noise
This could be caused by not enough water getting to the centre pole which can happen if there’s too much laundry or your tank is dirty. Putting too many items on the line can also be a cause .
The best way to fix this problem is to ensure your tank is always filled properly and use high spin speeds. If you only have a small load of clothes, try using cotton or lower speeds as synthetics don’t rotate as well.
My rotary washing line won’t lock
This problem can be cause by a large or heavy load, inclement weather or a loose pipe.
Try reducing the weight of your washing and/or use a lower speed setting. If it still doesn’t lock, check all is fixed tightly with a spanner and that your water supply is not turned off.
My rotary washing line is moving too much in high winds
The best way to avoid this problem is to get your hands on some sand bags and fill them with water. One bag per arm should do the trick, but check how it works for you before deciding if that’s enough .
This will help keep everything steady during windy periods. You can also strengthen the arms, legs and base of your rotary washing line using additional fixings , but make sure everything is still safe to use afterwards.
The clothes are coming off the line too early
This could be caused by anything from an oversized load or heavy items to loose pegs .
Try reducing the weight of your washing and/or use a higher speed setting. If that doesn’t help, try removing any overly heavy items from the line and ensure the pegs are secure to avoid losing them.
My rotary washing line is getting jammed
This problem can be caused by too much food or garden waste being put on the line .
Only ever use the line for clothes and if you’re really keen on saving time, get yourself a quick release washing line to make it even easier. You should also check all your pegs regularly and replace them if they become worn out or cracked .
My rotary washing line won’t collapse
The problem here could be that the top pole is stuck or objects like hanging baskets and bikes are in its way .
If you can’t get your rotary washing line to collapse, we suggest checking it out when it’s not hung up and remove anything in its path. You might also want to try the quick release version mentioned earlier!
My rotary washing line has snapped
This can happen if you use it incorrectly, overload the line or wear out the ropes .
Avoid a future accident by always tightening your rotary washing line to a wall. If it’s going on the ground, make sure you check all poles and legs are secure before hanging clothes up or putting objects on the line.
My rotary washing line is tangled
If this happens, it’s probably due to the arms not locking properly .
Try giving the inside of your rotary washing line a clean and then check all arms are locked before use. You might find that you only need to do this during windy periods, but if it’s a persistent problem you can also try extending the line to create more tension.
My rotary washing line is bent or damaged
This usually occurs if your rotary washing line has been left out in bad weather, put under pressure by heavy items or climbed on .
What is a rotary washing line?
A Rotary washing line is a circular series of tubes mounted on a frame that you put wet laundry onto to dry. It’s also known as a washing line or clothesline, but they are all essentially the same thing.
What are the benefits of using a rotary washing line?
A rotary washing line is very practical if you live in an area where access to a tumble dryer is limited. It can also cut your energy bills, as you won’t have to heat up a whole room with a machine that uses a lot of power!
How much do rotary washing lines cost?
The cost will vary depending on the size and features. We’ve seen them for as low as £20 and as high as £100.
How do I set up my rotary washing line?
Setting up a rotary washing line couldn’t be simpler! Just pull the base apart until it’s flat, put the top pole through it and hook on the washing line clips. You can buy them online or from most DIY stores, but if you live in an area where there’s a lot of wind, we suggest buying one with adjustable arms .
How do I repair my rotary washing line?
There aren’t too many problems that require repairs, but if your rotary washing line has snapped you will need to replace at least one of the tubes. You can also fix these problems yourself:
– Loose arms – Use a screwdriver to tighten screws holding each arm on.
– Broken poles – If some of your poles are loose, use some adhesive paste such as Araldite to secure them together again. Make sure you allow the adhesive to fully dry before use.
– Twanging washing line – This is usually caused by your rotary washing line being too taut, so you need to loosen it slightly .
What are the most common problems with rotary washing lines?
Other than those mentioned above, there are few other common issues that may occur:
- The arms locking mechanism failing : To fix this problem you’ll need to buy a replacement set of arms for your rotating clothes drying rack.
- Ropes snapping or fraying : If this happens, you can purchase replacements online or at most DIY stores. They’re usually cheap and easy to install!
Can I hang my child’s clothing on a rotary washing line?
You can safely hang your children’s clothing on a rotary washing line, but make sure you check the arms are locked before use. If it looks like your rotary washing line is about to tip over, slowly lift it back up until all the arms are locked again.
I hope that has answered any queries or concerns you had about rotary washing lines!
References : How to keep a rotary line upright