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Lehigh Clothesline Premium Quality

Reviewing: Lehigh Premium Clothesline 100 Feet  |  Rating:
Joan Young By Joan Young on
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This clothesline appears to be the best quality I have ever purchased.

I’m one of those people who just love to hang my laundry on a line outside. Since clothesline is always exposed to the elements, and I don’t care for the kind that is plastic coated wire, I’ve had the opportunity to try a lot of different kinds of clothesline. This purchase appears to be one of the best I’ve made.

This was a 100 foot hank, and there were a couple of extra feet included since I had no trouble making four passes on a 24' clothesline run, with a bit of sag allowed so that I can reach the lines. There were a couple of feet left over even after tying the knots.

It claims to be 1/4 inch diameter, but it’s actually more like 3/8 inch. In the one picture where the front rope is still my old line, you can clearly see that it is larger.

The line has a polyester core with a woven outer surface of soft polypropylene. I think that this will make a nice surface against the clothes. The label claims that this is abrasion resistant and I suspect that this woven outer layer is the reason. The feel of the rope is nice and soft, and it hangs in a smooth arc as you can see.

There are only three small negatives:

- At $7.39 this is on the high end of cost for clothesline. But the last kind I bought was the very cheapest from the dollar store, and it has been terrible- abrading badly, and becoming thin, even breaking. I decided to splurge.

- This is stretchier than I would like. When hanging new clothesline you always have to tighten them up a couple of times until most of the stretch is out, but this stretched a lot on it’s first load of laundry. You can tell in the picture that the weight of the sheets in the wind has really caused those lines to sag. I hope that doesn’t mean that it will need multiple tightening. It claims to be sag resistant. Time will tell.

- The outer polypropylene layer raveled badly when I cut it. The factory-cut ends seemed to have been heat sealed, so I used a lighter on it. That helped, but it doesn’t seal as nicely as nylon rope does in a flame. It melts back quickly but doesn’t really meld with the adjoining fibers. I think that when I tighten the ropes that I will need to cut the polyester core back so that the polypropylene wrapper can be pinched together beyond it and then heated. In the two pictures of a knot one is before I heat sealed it, and the other is the same knot after sealing.

This line can be used for fixed end clotheslines or on ones with pulleys at each end. They also suggest that it could be used as sash cord.