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Old 08-21-2008, 09:28 AM   #1
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Walking Wheel drive band slpping.
I'm a spinner who just got a job at a museum. I have the use of an antique walking wheel to demonstrate on, but I can't get the drive band to turn the wheel. It just slides around it. I've tightened, loosened, oiled, .....now what? It spins fine if I hold the band onto the wheel, but that's not very authentic...

Anyone out there with some thoughts? Please...help!
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:54 AM   #2
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I am afraid I can't offer advice for the band slipping, but WOW! What a cool job!!! Getting paid to spin!

I don't suppose you can use an elastic band (Pony Bead Lacing?)
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HOw cool! YOu get to spin at work?!!! Do you take your own fiber? hehe We're too distracted by your coolness to help you with your problem!
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Just an idea. I wonder if it is too oiled and the band is slipping on the wheel. Perhaps the band itself has got oil on it and just slips around. What would happen if the wheel and band was well wiped or even replace the band. Just a thought.
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I am afraid I can't offer advice for the band slipping, but WOW! What a cool job!!! Getting paid to spin!

I don't suppose you can use an elastic band (Pony Bead Lacing?)
I"m not sure what pony bead lacing is....would it come that long? Those are gosh-darn big wheels!
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:35 PM   #6
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HOw cool! YOu get to spin at work?!!! Do you take your own fiber? hehe We're too distracted by your coolness to help you with your problem!
I do take my own fiber, but I just dyed some with tansy from the herb gardens.
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Just an idea. I wonder if it is too oiled and the band is slipping on the wheel. Perhaps the band itself has got oil on it and just slips around. What would happen if the wheel and band was well wiped or even replace the band. Just a thought.
I don't think the band got any oil on it. I just oiled the spindle and the axel part of the whatchamacallit disks that drive it. It is still a little sticky, but I think it would loosen up fine if I could get the big wheel spinning. (Isn't that a song? Big wheel keeps on spinning.......oops)
I'm serious now, I'm desperate! I really want to get this baby working. I just don't see how a string is going to drive that flat wheel anyway. Has anyone used a great wheel?
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I"m not sure what pony bead lacing is....would it come that long? Those are gosh-darn big wheels!
It is a small elastic tubing made for stringing larger beads. My package says it is 5 yards - so I would think yes, long enough. I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for a grand total of $1.27! It works great on my little wheel.
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Interesting...I'll file that for future use. Thanks.
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It's WORKING!
I managed to get it spinning. Now I realize that the wheel is turned around to the wrong side. It's tight so I don't want to crack anything. I'll let someone else do it.
But I discovered I'm having trouble now with the one-handed draw. Anyone know about that?
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