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How to restring a folding and retractable clothesline

How to restring a folding and retractable clothesline

Is your clothesline looking tired and need replacing?

After years of hanging heavy and wet clothes, our clothesline begins to look worse for wear and it’s probably one of the last things we think about.  Let’s show our clothesline some love! It’s easy to replace and restring, Jack will show you how.


Our Jack Poly Core Clothesline is strong, weather resistant and flexible. Let’s get your retractable and folding clotheslines looking brand new!

What you'll need

You don’t need much to show your clothesline some love. A few simple tools and you’ll be ready to get the washing out!

Jack Clothesline.

  • 30m fits most retractable and folding clotheslines
  • 60m fits most rotary, retractable and folding clotheslines
  • Choose from:
    • Wire-Core – PVC coated, soft on clothes, with the strength of steel inside
    • Poly-Core – Lighter and softer, PVC coated with a tough nylon strand on the inside
    • Galvanised – Traditional, multi-strand galvanised wire

Always do a quick measure-up beforehand.



Suggested Jack products

23515 Clothesline Sunflower 30m
Poly Core Clothesline View Product
23520 Clothesline Forest 60m
Wire Core Clothesline View Product

Additional tools & materials

  • Wire Cutter
  • Pliers
  • 2 x Flathead Screwdrivers
  • PPE (Safety gloves and glasses)

Your step-by-step guide

  1. Out with the old.

    Snip and Remove

    Loosen and remove the worn-out saggy line

  2. Time to thread and knot

    Knot your line and slot into position.

    Some units may have a clip that holds the knot in place.

    Make that knot tight.  Thread hole to hole.

  3. Lock it in

    Run the cord back and forth, make sure you pull really tight, as you go.

  4. Home stretch - Tie it all down

    But before you do that, give it a final tighten before tying it off.

    Leave extra length to allow for further tensioning later on.

    Nice and easy and good as new! Happy laundry day!