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Has anyone tried fitting a rotary clothes line into a cast iron parasol base ?

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Gr8dame Sat 25-Apr-20 05:02:53

Does anyone know if I can fit a rotary clothes line into a cast iron parasol base please? Recently moved to a ground floor apartment with just a patio and my indoor type concertina clothes aired blows over on windy days. I need something heavy that won’t blow over but am unable to insert a spike anywhere.

craftyone Sat 25-Apr-20 07:23:00

a friend had a wall fitted airer which folded up against the wall

cast iron parasol base, maybe but the wider the better

alternative: lift a slab, concrete in a spike and surround by cobbles and dwarf lavender

I concreted my spike into the ground myself and my whirly airer is vertical and remains solid as a rock. It is worth doing properly

NfkDumpling Sat 25-Apr-20 07:30:36

What about a camping rotary drier? Not very big, but it takes as much as a clothes aired.

NfkDumpling Sat 25-Apr-20 07:31:05


Whitewavemark2 Sat 25-Apr-20 07:51:07

It may work, but I think it may tumble over on a breezy day with sheets. Don’t underestimate the power of the wind.

granfromafar Sat 25-Apr-20 07:55:08

We have done this recently and it works fine. We've actually secured the parasol base by placing it in the centre of a patio table and it helps stop the washing line from being blown over on very windy days. Works a treat.

Marydoll Sat 25-Apr-20 07:58:47

My neighbour has one of these, seems to work and she is happy with it.

Oopsadaisy3 Sat 25-Apr-20 08:38:51

We bought a parasol base that is a slab of Marble and is very heavy, I would think one of these would be ok, but you would have to make sure the wet washing was evenly distributed, otherwise the weight would probably tip it over on a breezy day.

Oopsadaisy3 Sat 25-Apr-20 08:39:15

Sorry I think it’s Granite not Marble

eazybee Sat 25-Apr-20 08:41:29

Yes, I tried it some years ago when the original place in the garden did not get enough sun. On the first strong gust the whole thing blew over, depositing the clothes on the muddy grass beneath.

Hetty58 Sat 25-Apr-20 08:50:04

I had a camping one for years but that was on grass and you do have to secure it to the ground with tent pegs. I'd get a proper fitting put in.

jacq10 Sat 25-Apr-20 09:06:39

Depends on how big your patio is but I have a retractable washing line. My garden is on three levels and I have it on the paved area at my back door. I use an extendable clothes pole - all ordered and picked up from my favourite shop A.... (I hate shopping!)

Redhead56 Sat 25-Apr-20 10:03:49

I did it years ago but it was loose I wrapped duct tape around the bottom of it and if it was still moving wedged split wooden pegs in. It was fine until I got sick of looking at it as it was in the sunniest part of the garden.

Gr8dame Sat 25-Apr-20 14:58:37

Thanks everyone for your kind suggestions. So many good ideas and suggestions that will tide me over until after lockdown when I can get a permanent job job done.

Evoha16 Mon 27-Apr-20 11:10:57

Me too! And all spokes buckled - back to hole in ground angry

ExD Mon 27-Apr-20 11:46:33

Do you own your flat or is it rented? Just thinking the landlord(s) may not be pleased if you 'damage' the patio. When I saw NfkDumpling's post I immediately Googled 'camping driers' because I would like one in my concreted back yard - but it's too windy here for such flimsy affairs.
Have you solved your problem yet?