Saturday, November 19, 2011

NaBloPoMo 19/30: Bucket crane!

Today we finally did a project in the playroom that I'd been wanting to do for a while. We engineered a bucket crane line on the ceiling.

Here is Carter's playroom. We spend a lot of time in here.


The plan was to rig up a crane across the ceiling so we could hoist up a bucket, pull it across, and then lower it again.


Here are the supplies, plus a couple of caribiner hooks.


I wanted a little device to roll on top of the rope like you'd see on a zip line, but they didn't have anything like that at Home Depot. Instead, I used two small pulleys upside down and duct-taped together, with the pulley attached below. This is the finished product.


We attached clothesline to the ceiling to run it on, and here is what it looks like altogether.


Here Carter is filling a bucket to take across the room. (That's rubber mulch in a big plastic bin for digging indoors. We call it the "Rock Quarry".)


It works pretty well! Here is a little video of the crane in action. (The clicking sounds you hear are him. He's a clicker!)

When we're not playing with it, I have a hook on the wall to hang it on.


Finally, here is a picture of the Thanksgiving display we put up in the playroom. The turkeys are made from our hands.


Sometime I need to do a post on how the playroom is set up like a classroom...

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