Which is better, a tight or slack washingline?

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Offline CZARCAR

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Which is better, a tight or slack washingline?
« on: 12/06/2012 16:16:48 »
will my clothesline, 50' double line on pulleys & added pulley/support @ center of hung load,last longer if I keep it tight with tightening gizmo OR should I let it sag without tightening?.....thanx
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Re: clothesline tension?
« Reply #1 on: 12/06/2012 19:21:41 »
I think it should last a bit longer if you let it sag - at least a bit. If you tried to remove all the sag when it was loaded with wet clothes, you would probably exceed its tensile strength and it would snap.
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Re: clothesline tension?
« Reply #2 on: 12/06/2012 20:02:28 »
A bit expensive, but if you got vinyl coated stainless cable...  your stretching would be minimal.

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Re: clothesline tension?
« Reply #3 on: 13/06/2012 21:40:46 »
I think it should last a bit longer if you let it sag - at least a bit. If you tried to remove all the sag when it was loaded with wet clothes, you would probably exceed its tensile strength and it would snap.
THANX! makes sense..the 2 ends of the line join into a line tightening gizmo that allows for pulling & tightening the slack/sag of the line. Maybe i should add a spring between the gizmo & where the line connects to the gizmo?