Hay door works great so far. Only thing that it's a bit of a mess to fiddle with us the rope system. For some reason when I'm raising the door or hay claw the rope being to twist making it sometimes very difficult to lock the center pulley into the trolley system. Might be the rope itself. Might try some jute rope for instead of the nylon.I assume the hay door also works as designed?
So far, so good. 20 yrs. Hard to believe i's been that long.
It sounds like your house has a colorful history to it. That's one of the things I really love about old houses, figuring out the history of them.The access to our crawl space is by climbing up from the basement under the original house. As near as I can tell the part we replaced was originally a barn that was dragged from somewhere else and attached. Unfortunately we now have some fairly serious foundation problems with the original house as well (*). Most likely both structures were built before 1860 given the hand hewn posts and beams. It wasn't until after the Civil War that steam powered saws came into being. Water powered saws apparently couldn't handle big beams.
* Because some many years ago a genius decided to remove some of the field stone a foot from the corner to put in a door. It is actually amazing it held together as long as it did but finding people who can deal with such things isn't easy.
Smart woman to think those things through ahead of time.I built my current house and knew I would be the one going under there most of the time. I have a height that I can sit up under! Lovely & dry. Also had a way wider & deeper footing put in.....just not wanting settling issues. So far, so good. 20 yrs. Hard to believe i's been that long.
Is it twisted or braided? Braid is less likely to twist. Of course there was no braided rope when that system was first installed. If gathering up braided rope (not being wound on a reel) it should be allowed to fall into natural figure 8 loops, not given the half twist used with twisted line to make a round coil. Rope, like wire, wants to be unrolled, not unwound which causes it to kink. Though I would think once it is all out and straight then run through the pulleys it would not matter how it was "unbound".Might be the rope itself. Might try some jute rope for instead of the nylon.