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    DIY travel clothesline

    Hey everyone,

    I thought I would share how I made my own travel clothesline out of 1/8" shock cord that is readily available at any outdoor store for under 20/foot. For this project, figure out how long you will want your clothesline and multiply that length by three. 4-6 feet is a pretty good length.

    You could also make this out of surgical tubing but I don't like it as much, it breaks quite unpredictably and is susceptible to uv damage which dries it up and makes it brittle.

    After procuring your supplies the first thing you will do is fold your shock cord in thirds.
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    If you were so inclined you could make it like the commercial braided lines by adding a suction cup to your clothesline like this, I left mine off because I feel it is more dangerous than useful.
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    Tie an overhand knot 4-6 inches from the end. If you don't know knots just tie any knot, it will probably be an overhand knot.
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    Here is where a partner helps, have them hold the end and apply tension while you braid the line. If you don't have a partner a banister works just fine.
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    Occasionally you will have to untangle the line as you are braiding in a closed loop, just grab the single free end and pull it through.
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    When you get within 4-6 inches of the other end, tie another overhand knot.
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    Voila! Like magic you now have a lovely new travel clothesline! You can throw the loop over anything it will fit over, you can use it to girth hitch the clothesline to a towel bar. You can extend it by using this or you can tie it like this:
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    This is very cool! Thank you - I will try this the next time I travel!
    -m

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    Quote Originally Posted by maverick View Post
    This is very cool! Thank you - I will try this the next time I travel!
    Ditto!!!! Thanks for taking time to share this great idea!

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    Miking would you mind making a version with Tom Bihn hooks instead of knots?

    I am. unfortunately, related to Mr Bean and Inspector Clouseau when it comes to "complicated" (to me) D.I.Y

    I am bound to bound myself on my way to freshen up or tie myself into a pretzel while unravelling the mystery of the room service menu.

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    On my list of things to make before our next trip. Thanks!!

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    I made my own clothesline just like this one over the weekend - cost me a grand total of $3.

    Thanks for the awesome tip!
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