Step 1: Clean the Pulley

cleaning an old barn pulley
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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To protect the wood sheave and give it a nice sheen, rub with beeswax polish. Linseed or tung oil will also do the trick. Wipe the cast-iron frame with WD-40 to clean it and highlight the metal's patina.
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    Tools List

    • cleaning rag
      Rag
    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • tongue-and-groove pliers
      Pliers

    Shopping List

    Large pulley

    Small screw-base pulley

    Cast-iron bracket

    Beeswax polish

    WD-40Cloth-covered lamp cord

    Brass light socket

    Lamp plug

    Jute twine

    Edison-style bulb

    Metal bulb cage(optional)