There cannot be a definitive answer
It depends on the quality of the plastic and how much it rains in your area.
Some plastic pegs degrade with UV within months, others may last a
couple of years before they become brittle and snap when used.
With wooden pegs the metal springs tend to go rusty quicker and the wood
tends to hold the atmospheric dirt easier. A wooden peg stays wetter for
longer after rain compared with plastic and hence the metal rusts
quicker. Older wooden pegs left outside on the line leave dirt/rust
marks on the washing. At which point do you discard a wooden peg?
That is an interesting idea. I want the pegs to hold a plastic rubbish
bag in a mini wheely bin. Because they are left out all the time the
plastic pegs I have been using have suffered from the sunlight.
I use a bungee on another round bin to keep the lid on in the wind. It
has been there for years. Our non recycle rubbish gets collected in a
black plastic bag which we keep in a half height wheely bin. I use
clothes pegs to stop the bag falling to the bottom of the bin.
To retain the wheelie bin liner in our bin, I drilled a couple of small
holes through where the lid hinge is, threaded string through both
holes and round the rest of the bin's lip and used a plated tensioning
spring to pull the two ends of the string together.
That method of retaining the liner in place, survives a few emptying
sessions and all we need do when the liner needs to be replaced, is
release the string from the bin lip just before it is due to be emptied
- liner plus rubbish then falls out into the lorry.
It avoids the usual problem of the liner closing up and needing to be
sorted out everytime you need to put something in the bin.
Many years ago, I made a bin store....
Nothing fancy - Just a lean to roof alongside our garden hut, just big
enough for our three wheelie bins plus a bit. The roof along one edge
is bolted to the hut wall. With three 3x3 vertical timbers supporting
the outer end of the roof. I then filled in between the roof supports
with feathered edge fencing panels. I hinged one of the panels to make
access to the bins easy and left a gap in the panels top and bottom.
The opening fence panel proved not to be strong enough for regular use,
so I reinforced one side with a welded Dexion frame on its inside.
I then later decided it would make life easier, if the bins could be
left with their lids open, yet covered with some thin ply - so I hinged
some ply on the hut wall, using car seat belt material to form a loose
For conventional metal dustbins in the workshop, I fold the top edge of
the liner over the bin rim and secure it with a ring of rubber shock
cord. The back up has a length of cord joined by a coiled spring:-)
There are some all-plastic ones that we've had good long-term use
from, but we don't leave them on the line without laundry. (One of
our relatives made us a clothespeg-handbag which hangs on the back of
the cellar door when not in use.)
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