I got all the stuff to make a Wench and will put it together tonight or tomorrow. I’ll start out making one per Cap’s instructions.
FYI, got the 1”x 4” grippers at Lowe’s. They didn’t have cable clamps. :(
I got the velcro in the sewing/crafts & hobbies section of Wal-Mart, and a package of cable clamps in the electrical section. This Wal-Mart carries some Waxman products, such as felt pads and such, but not the grippers.
Cap and others, this may need a separate thread, but I’ll stick it here for now:
We’ve had several threads about the possibility of using a blood pressure cuff as a hanger attachment and/or Uli device. My idea has been to use the valve section of a bicycle inner tube, cut off and sealed an inch or several on each side of the valve, with a homemade nylon outer covering to constrain it. Basically a mini-blood pressure cuff.
For use as a hanger, the thing would need some rigid or semi-rigid pieces rigged up to apply more pressure on the sides of the shaft than the top. When I read about the Wench I had one of those “Duh” moments. Velcro and grippers. There you go.
Imagine a Wench with an inflatable air bladder sandwiched in the middle, with a valve stem protruding somewhere. Attach a squeeze bulb (quick release fitting?), and pump it up to tighten. No need for a cable clamp.
The air bladder should produce an even pressure over the whole surface of the grippers, meaning the hanger wouldn’t have to be as tight to support a given weight. In theory, it should be more comfortable and just plain better. :)
I haven’t experimented with this yet, but encourage anyone interested to give it a try. It’s definitely more work than the standard wench. You’d need an inner tube, some nylon fabric, probably a sewing machine, misc. other parts and tools, and the will to fuss with it. I’m not sure what the best way is to seal the cut-off ends of the inner tube. Maybe a combo of contact cement and stitches?
Just wanted to throw out an idea for the adventurous. I’ll report back after I’ve made and tried my original Wench.