HCD Mounting

This is what I have employed to get it out of the way whenever the room is required.

sofabed

The SOFABED being looked after by Chloe the watchdog!

The Trainboard Lowered in Position Above the Sofabed

The fittings are all boat fittings and can be bought from your local BCF (Boating, Camping and Fishing) store, and your local Bunnings store. It uses two single pulleys on the left hand side upper and two double pulleys on the right hand side upper and there is also another four single pulleys at the trainboard end to give it some increased mechanical advantage in the force required to raise it. There are also six ceiling hooks and four tie off rings for the ends of the rope.

You will have to use a stud finder to locate the ceiling studs, once located you can drill the holes and screw the four ceiling hooks in. On the upper left hand side you fit a single stainless steel pulley to each of the ceiling hooks. On the upper right hand side you fit a dual stainless steel pulley to each of the ceiling hooks.

The next step is to drill the holes in the HCD corners for the eye bolts and mount the eye bolts. Put a joiner on each of the eye bolts and mount a single stainless steel pulley to each one. You will also have to use the stud finder to locate the wall stud to mount two ceiling hooks into (bottom one for the lowered height and upper one for the raised height).

Now the fun starts, start by placing the trainboard at the working height (block it at this height).

Slightly Complicated Mounting Details

Next put an eye on one end of the rope and then place it at left hand side upper ceiling hook then thread the rope from this eye down to the trainboard through a single pulley then up to the single pulley at the same ceiling hook and thread it through the pulley. Continue on to the dual pulley on the upper right hand side and thread it though one side of the pulley then to a joiner. Thread the rope though the other dual pulley and continue on to the other upper single pulley then down to the trainboard single pulley and then up to the other ceiling hook and terminate the rope in an eye. This completes the left hand side of the trainboard.


Put an eye on the second length of rope and place it at the right hand side upper ceiling hook and then thread the rope from this eye down to the trainboard through a single pulley then up to the spare pulley of the dual pulley and thread it though and on to the joiner. Thread the rope though the other spare pulley of the dual pulley and down to the trainboard single pulley and then up to the ceiling hook and terminate the rope in an eye. This completes the right hand side of the trainboard 

The last part is the raising and lowering of the trainboard and I just use another single pulley at the joiner and tie it off to a couple more ceiling hooks mounted on the wall.

Pulley At One End With Holder Open


Pulley With Closed Holder

Upper Single Pulleys

Ropes Coming Down From the Double Pulleys to Pullup Pulley

Right Hand End Pulley

If you have any questions I would be happy to answer them via the Blog.


I am a fairly disabled chap – not much works on the right hand side but life is worth living and we are still having fun and this way I get have my trains too!



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