The Hill’s Hoist “is one of Australia’s biggest success stories; a story which has become part of Australian folklore”. Which is a lot to say about a simple clothesline, but almost everyone in Australia will acknowledge that the Hill’s Hoist is an Australian Icon. (You can read the full story at The Hill’s Story.)
A few weekends ago I finally got around to installing our new clothesline in our backyard. The clothesline can actually be removed from the ground hole and the ground hole plugged. That way even though it is in the middle of the backyard we can just pull it out if we want to play sports in the yard. We’ve got 54m of clothesline, which will hopefully be enough for our growing family…
It took us nearly 40kg of concrete to actually fill the hole that I dug for the clothesline. This was a bit of a pain since I had only purchased 20kg and had to send out Matt (pictured below) to pick up more for me and the closest store was already closed.
To mix the cement I just purchased a $2.00 tarp and made a pool with some of our old bricks from the backyard. This was a lot easier than purchasing a wheel barrow. Since we haven’t enclosed under the house yet I don’t have anywhere to actually store a wheel barrow, but a tarp is pretty easy to store.
The instructions for installing the clothes line actually call for using twine and pegging the clothesline so that it stays vertical. The guy I spoke to at Bunnings though recommended I use timber planks clamped onto the clothesline (as pictured above) and pegged into the ground. This was supposed to create a much more stable base for it, and it seemed to work.
Here is the installed clothesline. It actually is perfectly straight according to the spirit level, I was only trying to make the shot more “artistic”. (Did it work?)