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Amish Clothes Line Pulley System | A wash line from house to barn

Updated on September 26, 2012
Clothes are air dried on an Amish pulley and cable system
Clothes are air dried on an Amish pulley and cable system
Two large pulleys are used one with a brake
Two large pulleys are used one with a brake
Line spacers keep the line from tangling up
Line spacers keep the line from tangling up
Heavy 3/16" plastic coated cable
Heavy 3/16" plastic coated cable

If you have traveled the Ohio and Pennsylvania Amish communities you probably have been amazed to see their clothes hanging up in mid air from the house to the

It’s not a new concept. Long before clothes dryers were used clothes line pulley systems crossed many city streets and alleys between apartment buildings in every large cities where outside space was limited.

What is amazing in seeing it the Amish communities is the lines will stretch from the house to the tallest part of the barn; it almost looks like a jack and the bean stock story line where the clothes are going up and up into the air.

It may look a bit ridiculous but the Amish do things with a purpose. Having the clothes up that high above the trees keeps bird droppings away from the fresh laundry as well as the dust created on country roads.

The Amish clothes lines use two large pulleys, with a brake system. Just imagine without a brake the clothes would roll back down.

The clothes line is actually plastic coated high tensile aircraft cable to hold up to the weight and wind. Line spacers have to be installed to keep the lines from twisting together.

The Amish women can do all the family laundry and dry it outside without ever leaving the back porch.

Doing the weekly laundry and air drying it is not an optional thing even in the winter months. A pulley and cable clothes line system makes it convenient to not have to shovel a path through snow out to and around the clothes lines in order to hang out the laundry.

Yes wet laundry will freeze dry, where the ice actually breaks off the fabric and falls to the ground. Some claim laundry dried in the cold fresh air maintains that smell when it comes back in the house.

For those interested in utilizing an outdoor clothes line system, the complete Amish clothes line pulley system can be purchased at the sustainable living web site Cottage Craft Works .com


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