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A rotary clothesline is a mainstay in many Aussie backyards, but it can also take up a lot of valuable space. Removing an old rotary clothesline is easier than you might think and a great way to free up extra space in your garden. This video shows you how to safely remove an old rotary clothesline.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Preparing your tools
2 Position the angle grinder
3 Cut through the pole
4 Cut the clothesline wires
5 Cut the clothesline using a compact angle grinder
6 Remove the concrete base with a jackhammer
  • Step 1. Preparing your tools

    Before you get started, it’s a good idea to have an extra pair of hands to help out. You’ll also need to be ready to use a couple of the more serious power tools – an angle grinder and jackhammer. Make sure to use them safely and always wear the right protective gear.
  • Step 2. Position the angle grinder

    When you use an angle grinder, it’s important to keep the cutting disc horizontal as you cut. Remember, cutting through metal will create a lot of sparks. Your angle grinder should be fitted with a shield that directs those sparks away from you. Position yourself so that sparks are directed away from anything that might catch fire, and always have a bucket of water just in case. Angle grinders can’t be used outside on total fire ban days.
  • Step 3. Cut through the pole

    You’ll need that extra pair of hands for this step. As one person cuts through the pole, the other can steady the clothesline to stop it from collapsing on to the grinder disc. Once the pole is almost cut through, twist it over and rest it on the ground. The pole should break off by itself, but if it doesn’t come away entirely, an extra cut with the grinder should finish the job.
  • Step 4. Cut the clothesline wires

    Now that the clothesline is down, it’s time to cut the wires. While one person holds the structure in place, the other can cut the wires with a pair of bolt cutters. You can cut these wires anywhere, but it saves time to cut through at the points where the wire has been tied to the poles.
  • Step 5. Cut the clothesline using a compact angle grinder

    Once you have cut each of the wires, it’s time to remove the clothesline arms or ‘stays’. You can use the large angle grinder, but using a compact model can give you more control. Start by cutting the top stay, near the join with the pole. This should be enough to remove the whole arm but you may need to cut the bottom pole as well.
  • Step 6. Remove the concrete base with a jackhammer

    The quickest way to break up concrete with a jackhammer is to start at the edge and work your way in. Once the concrete is loosened, use your crow bar to lift up the rubble and loosen the soil around the clothesline base. The base will be heavy, so get someone to help you drag it out of the hole.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Another person to help you
  • Bolt cutters
  • Ear muffs
  • Jack hammer
  • Large angle grinder
  • Leather gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Small angle grinder

Materials

  • 1800mm Fencing bar
  • Bolt cutters
  • Bucket of water
  • Ear muffs
  • Jack hammer
  • Large angle grinder
  • Leather gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Small angle grinder
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

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