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Laundry pole and partition


Laundry pole and partition

How to make a laundry pole (or, a shelter partition if used inside) with wooden poles and ropes

A laundry pole to hang and dry wet clothes and towels.
It also creates a personal space for a adult to sit back and relax.
So it can be used both as a laundry pole (on sunny days) and a partition (on rainy days).
You may be under constant stress and anxieties during the evacuation.
Hopefully this item can ease your life, both mentally and physically.

4 wooden poles(scrap woods or bamboos).  Those shown in the picture are about 2m long.
4 pieces of rope
Any clothes or towels around you

Setting up the framework

1. Tie a clove hitch knot (see the diagram below) to one of the poles, leaving about 10cm the pole sticking beyond the knot.
NB: When using poles of different lengths, make sure to bottom-align them to adjust the lengths. 

2. Take another pole and tie the rope twice around, together with the first pole.

3. Do the same with the 3rd and the 4th poles.

4. After all 4 poles were tied up, tie the rope twice more around all the poles.

5. Use another rope and shear lash two poles at a time (see the diagram below).

6. Do the same with all poles.

7. Tie a clove hitch knot to one of the four poles. Tie up the rest of the rope. 

8. Open the framework: now the framework is done. 
The top of the framework will look like this.
Fasten extra ropes around the framework to hang clothes on.

9. Take the third rope and tie another clove hitch knot to one of the poles. Put up the rope around the 4 poles, making a U shape (tie clove knots to the each pole).
Position the rope for the lowest tier at about the knee height. Put the second and third tiers accordingly to hang clothes on them.

10. Hang any clothes or towels!
You may adjust the lengths of poles, number of ropes and tiers depending on materials available around you.
Tips: Putting shoes on each pole may stabilize, if slippery .

Tying knots:
Clove hitch: Used to tie a rope to a pole. The rope neither come out or slip easily. (For clarity, there is more space than in reality between the ropes in the diagram)
Shear lashing: Tie a clove hitch to a pole. Then tie two poles together and tighten the rope. Finish with another clove hitch on either pole.