Dig a hole at least 24 inches deep and twice as wide as your clothesline pole. Excavate the soil and set it aside.
Widen the area at the bottom of the hole until the bottom is slightly wider than the hole opening. Fill the bottom of the hole with about 4 inches of pea gravel or small rocks. This will help improve drainage.
Situate your clothesline pole in the middle of the hole. Prop it with large wooden props, or have someone hold the pole upright. Level the pole so that it's standing completely upright.
Mix a batch of instant cement according to the manufacturer's instructions. Pour the cement into the hole.
Smooth the area around the base of the pole into a slight mound. Cover the cement mound with excavated soil and tamp down hard. This will help rainwater run off the area and away from the pole.
Things You Will Need
- Post digger or auger
- Pea gravel or rocks
- Shovel or spade
- Wood props
- Quick-set cement
- Garden hose
- Site your clothesline close to a door where you can easily reach it. Install your line where your drying clothes will receive a lot of sunshine. Avoid placing poles near the street, or near trees that can leave leaves, seeds and bird droppings on your clean laundry.
- Plant grass seed or a shallow-rooted spreader such as mint or ivy at the base of the clothesline pole to help prevent erosion.