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History of the Sunshine Clothes Dryer - Outdoor Clothesline

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As I am told the story of how the Sunshine Clothes Dryer came to be; Joseph Clay always shoveled the snow from underneath his wife’s outdoor clothesline each time it snowed. This of course was not a task he liked. After one unusually deep snow he decided that job could be made easier. Very soon after that snow storm he invented the Sunshine Clothes Dryer, the first umbrella style rotating clothesline. Joseph B. Clay was granted a US patent in December 14, 1915, number 1,163,639. Snow removal under the clothesline became a tolerable task for Joseph Clay.These stories and pictures...

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Set Up and Re-Roping Instructions Models DS9 and DL14

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Raising your Sunshine Clothesline; insert the assembled SSCL into the Ground Socket, leaving a minimum of 7” of Center Post in the Ground Socket. Rotate the Dryer until the Latch Bracket faces you. Partially raise the Arms by placing your foot on the Foot Clamp holding it to the ground. While raising the Arms always look for rope tangles which might interfere with fully raising. Grasp two opposing Arms near the top and spread them out as wide as possible. Grasp them again this time, lower and raise them as high as easily possible. In order to be in good...

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Arm Material Change for Sunshine Clotheslines

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It became apparent to us in approximately 2012 that the supply of Southern Yellow Pine (SYP), which we have used for Sunshine Clothesline (Dryer) Arms for over 60 years, was being depleted. As a small user of SYP what we were getting was no longer old growth, had blemishes and weaknesses so much so, that we were getting a tested scrap rate much higher than we could accept.  As much as we would rather have stayed with this SYP, we had to change. In 2017 after 5 years of looking for a suitable replacement material for the Arms, we chose...

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