Clotheslines..

I was chatting with a lady from a city in Virginia recently. I had mentioned that I had to hang laundry on the line, to which she replied that she wished she could do the same. Apparently, the city she lives in has an ordinance not permitting outside lines.WHAT?!? That is absurd! What in the world is wrong with a clothesline? I do not use a dryer and haven't for years. I hang clothes outside or on racks by the woodstove. I would certainly fight that ridiculous law. Thankfully, I do not have to. There's alot to be said for living in the sticks and being a redneck!!!

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i have been hanging my clothes on wooden racks over my heat register's this winter as a way to cut down on our electric bill,,  why use the dryer when the heater kicks on anyway and those wooden racks are like 10 dollar;s each and then i hang them outside when the weather gets nicer here ,, because it is just my hubby and me i only need 2,    the sad part about this is  it reminds me of when we were first married ,,, 30 years ago   ,we did the same thing but  with 2 kids  to take care of we had more racks,,,,,,,,and we were rolling pennies for gas money   shar

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I love hanging my clothes on the line but unfortunately my family doesn't.  I hang them out when I can get away with it.

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My "development" doesn't allow "permanent" clothes lines, but I have found a way around it. I bought one of those umbrella type clothes lines, that can be folded down and put away after use. I even have a piece of turf that I put over the hole in the ground where the pipe rests so that no one is annoyed with a bare spot in my back yard grass. I do have good neighbors though, and they have asked to hang out their clothes on days I'm not washing. Works for all of us!

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There are many neighborhoods here in the greater Puget Sound that have such tight rules.  We have a clothesline, I pretty much only get to use it in July and August, a few times in May and June but it just doesn't get warm and dry enough.  Nice moist Puget Sound air, which is great for humans to live in - just doesn't get the clothes to dryFrown     

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I would me very sad if I had to take down my clothes line it goes 250 ft back off the wash area to a 30ft pole,I can get it all on in one hanging and here in fla. it is mostly dry by the time I put the last batch on .We also use it to hang out the chickens on butching day,this has made for a lovely greenline all the way back. blessings

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holly cow... I hang my clothes on the line daily.. even in the winter. I think my kids clothes last longer, ( 4 kids=alot of clothes) they smell FABULOUS, and it saves on my energy bill. It is more work.. Lugging heavy wet clothes, sorting througfh (I hang longest to shortest) the aching in my arms, but well worth the effort.

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Yeah,me too! I do agree that the clothes last longer--What do suppose all that dryer lint is?Laughing And they cannot, no matter how hard they try, make anything bottled that compares to fresh air "freshness". Something about frozen fingers,eh? I do swipe a pair of hubby's hunting gloves occasionally. They only have half fingers, they work quite well for hanging clothes!!

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I don't have a homeowner's association, I live in a town with a two hundred year old mayor and an over zealous code enforcement officer, we cannot have clotheslines at all, pools, blowup, kiddie or otherwise unless they are properly installed and fenced in by village approved contractors, we cannot have a vehicle on our property that has no plates on it, we cannot park on our lawn, my husband found that one out last summer, he washed the car and parked it under our tree in the shade to dry and we had a ticket on it in about three hours time, if we have junk to put out by the road on trash day it has to remain hidden till trash day, if bags, boxes, lumber, any thing that can be considered trash is on your property and can be seen from the road we get a ticket, if our lawn gets more than three inches high we get a ticket, we cannot have woodstoves, fireplaces, or use kerosun heaters, of course homes that had stoves and fireplaces in place before the code law was set forth are ok, we cannot have our wheeled trash can on the curb before seven am on trash day and it has to be removed before noon or we get a ticket, if we want to widen our driveway, put up a fence, build a deck, etc, we have to have permits and village approved contractors do the work, it stinks, and we both wish we had never considered living here..........I think there are less laws in Moscow.....

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There was one of them zone ordinance officers in a town about 30 miles from me - he did the same thing plus he picked on the businesses, well when that happened several businesses moved out of city. That was the end of Mr. Control  - city board quickly modify codes.

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Wow!!! I can't believe the people of your town haven't revolted and storm the  town hall about all this.  Sound like Kevin and his fence problems.  When we bought our house 17 years ago, our realtor tried to get us to buy in a different neighborhood that has a homeowner's association.   We told him that was why we didn't want to buy in that house.  In that neighborhood, the association has to approve EVERYTHING you do to the outside of the house, including what color and type of flowers you plant, what color you paint your house, and forget having a potted tomato plant on your patio....

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Holy cow!! I guess I am VERY lucky to be where I am!!

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I was gonna say, where are you living?  Russia?  But like you said they're probably more lax.

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Ah Yes, them pesty Homeowners Associations - fences have to be so high and not so low, no playsets unless built by our standards, no campers, no clothelines, no statues, and don't talk to your neighbor unless talked to first, small dogs only allowed, etc.etc... 

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There is nothing better than clothes dried on a line.  I love to hang my sheets and bed clothes out and when they are dry put them right back on the bed.   No air freshener made, smells better. 

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Our development has those sorts of rules, but I've noticed several ppl blatantly ignoring them, so I've hung my own single-pole clothesline & am starting to use it.  It'll be very helpful in summer when it's so hot here (N. Fla.)  I even noticed the other day that 2 ppl up the road have a few chickens.  Might hafta build myself a coop in the coming weeks.  Hopefully my hateful & nosy neighbor will keep her trap shut but I'm not holding my breath.  *shrug*

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