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In which she hangs the washing
Stressed, stress and confusion
So there I am, hanging up the washing, and this happens:

rotating washing line, laden with clothes, fallen on its side due to the centre pole breaking

Apparently this has been happening:

closeup of broken pole and all its broken rusty edges

So since my washing still needs drying I've now done this:

clothes rearranged on the parts of the washing line that aren't touching the ground and that I can reach

But I feel further action needs to be taken for the longterm and I don't know where to even start looking in the Yellow Pages....

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I had something like that happen. Carved out a wooden plug that fit inside the metal tubing -- sort of an internal cast for the fracture.

Intriguing... <considers this> I do theoretically have the skills to do that, barely, but in practice I also have a day job, a long list of Christmas preparation tasks, and an inherent laziness. So in practice, however compelling the idea, I think I'll end up paying someone else to solve the problem for me.

I have a lot of woodworking tools and had a chunk of oak firewood handy. Took me about 15 minutes. YMMV.

We couldn't find a replacement. New ones cheaper construction, smaller diameter pole, etc.

I have some overgrown trees (which may not be overgrown enough, in which case I'd have to take a bus to the nearest hardware store), a pruning saw and a penknife. :-) Made a decent walking stick, but even discounting the sanding and oiling that this wouldn't need, it'd definitely take me longer than that. And then there's no guarantee that some other equally rusted part of the contraption wouldn't break next washday.

Yeah, I was going to suggest a similar sort of quick-and-dirty solution if that's what's wanted here: Go to a plumbing-supply store and get them to find and cut a piece of pipe that's as long as the main support pole used to be and just large enough to fit over it, so that you can slide it over the still-standing piece and then put the top of the thing down into it.

But that's the sort of solution to get by for a few more years, rather than fixing it all properly.

Yeah, I plan to be in this house for quite a long time, so I might as well fix/replace it once and for all. Although everything's about to close for the Christmas/New Year/summer holidays so I might have to do something stopgap if I can't get in quick enough.

Oh my. That's... dramatic.

I felt quite fortunate that the event itself was less along the lines of a length of steel whacking me and more along the lines of "Why is the line sagging? ...Wait, no. How did I end up holding my entire clothesline and what do I do with it now?"

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