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 How To Install A Laundry Clothes Drying Rack
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 Step By Step Guide
1
Starting from the adjacent wall, tap across the ceiling to locate the joist for the double pulley. When a hollow sound is replaced with a more solid one mark this position with a pencil.
2
Measure out the required distance between the two pulleys and tap in towards the first fixing point. Locate and mark the position of the ceiling joist as above.
3
On the adjacent wall mark two fixing points for the cleat hook using the hook as a template.
4
Drill the pilot holes for the pulleys ensuring that these are wide and deep enough to take the full depth of the pulley shaft. Drill the holes for the cleat hook and insert the raw plugs.
5
Lubricate each pulley shaft with a light oil and gently screw each pulley into the ceiling. The double pulley should be the one closest to the adjacent wall and the single should be the one furthest away.
6
Attach the cleat hook to the adjacent wall using the screws and raw plugs provided.
7
Thread the rope through the pulleys as detailed above and tie the rack ends to the end of the ropes. Ensure that the rope is not rubbing against the pulley blocks and can run free on the wheels.
8
Raise each rack end so that it is flush with the ceiling and tie a knot in the loop of the rope at chest height. Lower the airer tying further knots at 40cm intervals until all the rope is tided away.
9
Finally insert the wooden laths into the rackends and put some laundry on to test.
 
Diagram showing how to thread and rope a clothes airer pulley system with the sash cord going the single pulley and double pulley.
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The single and double pulley should be:

0.6 metres apart for a 0.9 metre clothes airer
0.9 metres apart for a 1.2 metre clothes airer
1.1 metres apart for a 1.5 metre clothes airer
1.5 metres apart for a 1.8 metre clothes airer

 
Details of how to thread and rope a clothes airer pulleys system with an extra double pulley.
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  Add an extra double pulley and cord extension for greater positioning away from the wall.
 
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 Top Tips & Tricks
  Things to consider when installing a laundry drying rack
 

Installing a pulley maid clothes airer is well within the means of most semi competent DIY gurus and novices and with a few small adaptations they are suitable for most locations. But as with all DIY projects there are always some things to consider. We have listed our top installation tips below, along with some does and don’ts to help make sure your installation project runs smoothly.

   
Our wooden laths can be cut to size. Purchase a clothes airer longer than required and trim these to fit the space perfectly.
Most ceiling joists will run either parallel with the wall or will meet it at a 90 degree angle. These are normally spaced 35cm apart.
To locate hard to find joists, use a small pin and tap into the plasterboard at 5cm intervals. These holes will be unnoticeable and can be refilled afterwards.
Install the pulleys closer together and make use of the space either end of the drying rack. Perfect for hanging smaller laundry items such as t-shirts, socks, etc
Get someone to help you sight the drill when drilling the pilot holes, making sure that the drill is straight so that the pulleys don’t go in at an angle.
The cleat hook can be located to one side if necessary. It must however be attached to either a solid wall or a firm wooden joist and ideally out of the reach of children.
Never drill above or below an electrical socket. If you are unsure about electrical wiring or plumbing use a detector to make sure its safe before drilling into the wall or ceiling.
Be gentle when installing the pulleys and do not apply excessive leverage!!! If the turning action becomes stiff, remove the pulley and drill a slightly wider or deeper pilot hole.
Make sure the sash cord can run through the pulleys unobstructed and is not rubbing against the pulley blocks. This will cause the rope to fray over time.
Add a second double pulley for greater positioning away from the wall. Make sure that these are in a straight line using the rope provided as a guide line.