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Fixing the clothesline

Clothes lineOne of the least important casualties in the blizzard of '09 was our clothesline.  The wet snow clung to our old cotton line so heavily that three of the four strings snapped!  They were pretty rotten anyway, so rather than tie yet another knot in them, I opted to replace all four.

Our barn is a royal mess, but it has its uses.  A few minutes of poking around turned up a spool of some kind of cable --- plastic over wire.  Perfect clothesline replacement at an unbeatable price!

Once I cut the new line pieces to the right length and tied them in place, I started wondering whether that cable should have been saved for something more important.  I hope it wasn't leftover ethernet cable from Joey's yurt....

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Ack! You used Cat5 (or worse, 6) for clothesline?!?! Tsk! Tsk! It'll stretch over time...
Comment by Shannon Sat Jan 16 21:06:51 2010
Not as badly as that cotton clothesline. It sagged so badly my clothes dragged on the ground!
Comment by anna Sun Jan 17 08:41:09 2010

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