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Topic # 228826 24-Jan-2018 13:53
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Have recently bought a house where the only space for a rotary clothes line is toward the back of the concrete drive way


The existing clothesline is supported by a cast iron garden umbrella stand that is dynabolted to the concrete drive. 


The clothesline is falling to bits and is too small for my family. 




I have a new larger span clothesline to install but the pole diameter is larger than the current one, so will not fit the current stand. 




I'm thinking that a concrete base might be the way to go, rather than drilling more holes in the driveway


I don't know whether a single large form to make a pyramid or cone shaped block of concrete is best, or several stacked doughnuts of concrete is better. 


Also don't know if the concrete should be reinforced with steel rod or anything else (equivalent but cheap)




Looking for advice on building forms, making the concrete strong / less prone to cracking, pitfalls to watch out for etc etc. 


I've not ever worked with concrete so don't really know. 




Any advice welcome 



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  Reply # 1946037 24-Jan-2018 14:00
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Surely it would be easier (and better looking) to cut a hole in the concrete driveway, bore out a hole, fit pole and concrete back up again?

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  Reply # 1946074 24-Jan-2018 15:19
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Surely it would be easier (and better looking) to cut a hole in the concrete driveway, bore out a hole, fit pole and concrete back up again?



+1 for this ^^^^


But if you want some sort of above ground monolith, here is what I would do: -


Remove the dyna bolts and stand  lengths of reinforcing steel into the empty holes (long enough to protrude 150 - 200mm).  If you want more reinforcing wrap some chicken wire around the bits of steel.


Get a plastic bucket, cut the base out of it and trim of any internal protrusions. Place it wide end down on the concrete with the reinforcing bars in the middle and seal around the edge (e.g. duct tape). 


Fill with a stiff concrete mix (minimal water) and push the clothesline receptacle into it.  For example a pipe with a cap on one end or whatever the clothesline comes with.


When the concrete is partially set rotate the bucket gently - this will stop it sticking.  When its fully set remove the bucket altogether.


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