Pulley System for Heavy Kiln Lids
part three of a multi-part series setting up a pulley system for heavy
kiln lids. Click here to go to part one.
you've obtained the pulley, the next step requires the use of a rope
or wire. As the photo to the right shows, the rope is
attached to the handle or handles on the kiln lid and threaded
through the pulley. In most cases the rope used is made of
polypropylene or a similar strong, long lasting fiber that resists
rotting. (Photo courtesy of Dee Janssen and Kay
Instead of rope, it's also possible to use a
steel wire, such as aircraft cable or a similar strong wire.
Wire generally requires a more elaborate attaching mechanism than
rope, which can simply be tied in place with a knot, but wire often
preferable due to its
strength and durability over time. Wire also tends to leave a
cleaner, more streamlined final appearance. The photo at left
shows a close up view of wire threaded through one kind of pulley.
(Photo courtesy of Rebecca McGlynn.)
and wire are
relatively inexpensive; as with the pulley, make certain that the
rope or wire can lift the necessary weight. (This shouldn't be
an issue with wire, but it can be with some ropes.)
here for the next part of this series, which deals with securing the
rope or wire to the handle of the kiln.
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