while we are here in the attic, lets discuss things a bit, because we might not get back here for a while------
THE HOISTING APPARATUS--
really quite crude but works like a charm--lets visualize a round wood shaft about 5 feet long and about 8 inches in diameter.
one end of the shaft has a metal rod of 2" imbedded at least 12 inches into the wood shaft, and protrudes about 6" out from the end--
the opposite end also has a 2" metal shaft imbedded, but fastened in such a way that it is unable to revolve inside the wood shaft --many methods could be used to effect this, so no more said--this shaft also protrudes 16" beyond the end of the wood shaft--the reason for this is as follows:
on this metal shaft is fastened securely a wooden pulley about 24" in diameter and 8" thick\width, leaving some of the shaft protruding beyond the pulley--this will be needed--
now this whole unit is positioned right under and parallel to the rotating attic drive shaft--remember this attic shaft is rotating and continues to rotate as long as the mill is in operation--
let us first discuss the fastening of the wooden shaft's end opposite the pulley--the protruding metal shaft is inserted into a rigid wooden block fastened securely to the structure\building's frame--the hole in the block is of sufficient size to allow the 5' wood shaft to move up and down without binding --