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Instructions on how to install an Austral Retractaway 40 clothesline.

Instructions on how to install an Austral Retractaway 40 retractable clothes line.

Step 1.

Select a suitable area to install your retractaway 40-50. The maximum distance between the two mounting points should not exceed 8 meters for the retractaway 40 and 10 metersfor the retractaway 50. The retractaway 40-50 clothes line can be used on shorter distances if required. Ensure that you have 1 meter clearance on each side for ease of use and for the clothes to blow about.

Step 2.

Select the method of installation; you have chosen from one of the following formats, follow the appropiate instuctions.

  • A. Wall to wall.
  • B. Wall to post.
  • C. Post to wall.
  • D. Post to post.
  • E. Line tensioning
  • F. Ground sockets. (Ground sockets are for the easy removal of posts. otherwise they will stay fixed and unmovable).

A. Wall to Wall.

Step 1.

Position the retractaway 40-50 clothes line on the wall so the slots and the rear of the cabinet are approximately 50mm above the users head. Mark the wall through the slots on each end.

Step 2.

For masonry wall you will require four 8mm masonry anchors. For timber wall you will require 8mm coach screws. (Anchors or screws not supplied).

Step 3.

Drill two holes where marked to suit the fasteners. Fit the retractaway 40 clothes line to the wall ensuring the 2-8mm washers are positioned under the heads of the fasteners and over the slots on the retractaway 40 clothes line. DO NOT over tighten the fasteners, they only need to be firm.

Step 4.

Position the receiving bracket against the opposite wall and mark the two holes to be drilled. Ensure that the bracket is at the correct height and centre to the cabinet. Drill where marked and secure with remaining fasteners.

Step 5.

p>Adjust the cord as per instruction ( E )


B. Wall to Post.

Step 1.

Mount cabinet to wall as shown in instruction ( A ).

Step 2.

Measure the position for the receiving post. NOTE: The post can be fitted at any distance less then 8 meters but not more than 8 meters for retractaway 40 or 10 meters for retractaway 50. Mark the centre of the hole. (If using ground sockets, see instruction F ).

Step 3.

Bolt the receiving bracket to the post.

Step 4.

Dig a hole 700mm deep and 250mm in diameter. Put about 200mm of gravel only in the hole and stand the post on top of the gravel. Test the height of the receiving bracket, this should be the same height as the cabinet. You can adjust the height by adding or removing gravel.

Step 5.

Mix the concrete in the following proportions- 3 gravel, 1 sand, 1 cement. Concrete should be damp enough to hold together when squeezed in the hand. Hold the post upright and make sure the bracket is facing the cabinet. Fill the hole about halfway with concrete, and tamp down with a stick to settle the concrete, check that the post is still perpendicular. Fill the hole and repeat to settle the concrete, ensure the post is perpendicular and the bracket is facing the cabinet. Finish off with fine cement and leave for 48 HOURS!

Step 5.

Adjust the cord as per instruction ( E ).


C. Post to Wall.

Step 1.

Attach mounting bar to the post with bolts provided.

Step 2.

Attach the cabinet to the mounting bar with the bolts provided. Be sure to position a washer between the head of the bolt and the slots on the cabinet. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.

Step 3.

Select a suitable site (refer first instructions) Install the post in the same manner as instruction ( B ) 4-5. Making sure the cabinet is facing the correct way, The slots where the cabinet is bolted is bolted to the post should be about 50mm above the users head. If using ground sockets refer instruction ( F ).

Step 4.

Position the receiving bracket against the opposite wall and mark the two holes to be drilled. Ensure that the bracket is at the correct height and centre to the cabinet. Drill where marked and secure with remaining fasteners. For masonry wall you will require 8mm masonry anchors. (2) ( not supplied). For timber wall you will require 8mm coach screws. (2) (not supplied).

Step 5.

Mix the concrete in the following proportions- 3 gravel, 1 sand, 1 cement. Concrete should be damp enough to hold together when squeezed in the hand. Hold the post upright and make sure the bracket is facing the cabinet. Fill the hole about halfway with concrete, and tamp down with a stick to settle the concrete, check that the post is still perpendicular. Fill the hole and repeat to settle the concrete, ensure the post is perpendicular and the bracket is facing the cabinet. Finish off with fine cement and leave for 48 HOURS!

Step 5.

Adjust the cord as per instruction ( E ).


D. Post to Post.

Step 1.

Attach mounting bar to the post with bolts provided.

Step 2.

Attach the cabinet to the mounting bar with the bolts provided. Be sure to position a washer between the head of the bolt and the slots on the cabinet. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.

Step 3.

Select a suitable site (refer first instructions) Install the post in the same manner as instruction ( B ) 4-5. Making sure the cabinet is facing the correct way, The slots where the cabinet is bolted is bolted to the post should be about 50mm above the users head. If using ground sockets refer instruction ( F ).

Step 4.

Install the receiving post as per instruction ( F ).

Step 5.

Mix the concrete in the following proportions- 3 gravel, 1 sand, 1 cement. Concrete should be damp enough to hold together when squeezed in the hand. Hold the post upright and make sure the bracket is facing the cabinet. Fill the hole about halfway with concrete, and tamp down with a stick to settle the concrete, check that the post is still perpendicular. Fill the hole and repeat to settle the concrete, ensure the post is perpendicular and the bracket is facing the cabinet. Finish off with fine cement and leave for 48 HOURS!

Step 5.

Adjust the cord as per instruction ( E ).


E. Line adjustment.

Step 1.

Extend the lines to the receiving bracket, and lock the unit at the cabinet. Start with the centre lines . Undo the centre cord by sliding the black cord tidy back towards the cabinet, unwind cord from the line tension lock, pull cord towards cabinet to tension, hold firmly and rewind cord onto the line tension lock. Slide back the cord tidy.

Step 2.

Untie the other lines one at a time and adjust the same until all lines have the same tension. Cut off excess cord leaving 10mm past cord tidy. M.B. Cord tidy should be firmly pushed towards arm.


F. Ground socket.

Step 1.

Dig a hole 600mm deep and 250mm in diameter. Put about 200mm of gravel untill the top of the socket is level with the ground surface. Remove the socket from the hole.

Step 2.

Set the height for the line. You will find 5 holes on the side of the socket, there is a pin provided to go though these holes to set the height of the post. Starting from the top hole the height of the post will be: Hole 1-2020mm, Hole 2-1970mm, Hole 3-1020mm, Hole 4-1870mm, Hole 5-1820mm. Select your desired setting and tap the pin through the required hole.

Step 3.

Place the socket in the hole and insert the post. Fill a further 50 mm with gravel then add concrete ( mixed as per instruction ( B ) 5). Half fill the hole and keep the pole perpendicular. Tamp down the concrete with a stick to settle the concrete. Check for perpendicular, then fill the hole to 20mm of the top, settle the concrete again and check for purpendicular. Ensure the post is facing the correct way then finish off with cement a sand mixed-2 sand 1 cement. Leave for 48 HOURS.

Step 4.

Leave the ground socket cap in a convenient place and fit it on whenever you remove posts.


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