Did you know that you can’t buy T-Pole clothes lines any more? You know, the sturdy kind that is stuck in concrete that you swung from when you were a kid?
You can’t. We tried.
There are a few different models available: like this one that a stiff breeze will blow over, or this one that smells of too much aesthetic design and not enough old fashioned quality, or this popular one that we owned at our old house which we found to be cheap and wobbles a whole lot.
So we had one made. Custom.
Enter Lee from Quality Stainless, Inc.
Lee helped us design one using a 2″ schedule 40 304SS pipe welded with a 90″ vertical and a 48″ horizontal centered on the vertical with 5 eyelets, and an 18″ sleeve for the concrete. I’m not sure what “schedule 40 304SS” means, but it is awesome.
Steve, the fabricator from Modern Systems, threw in end caps and a bead glass finish for free. A bead glass finish! It’s like sand-blasting, but with glass. How cool is that? If Apple made clothes lines, they’d have a bead glass finish.
Anyway, we’re pretty excited, and I think you’ll agree that it turned out pretty stellar.
Sometimes change is good, and I write about that a lot. Other times it makes sense to just iterate a little bit on the old ways and call it a day.
This pole is going to last us the rest of our lives, and we’re thrilled with it.