HOW TO INSTALL YOUR VICTORIAN CLOTHES AIRER

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Traditional clothes dryer racks  are an efficient, economical and ecological way of drying clothes, a great alternative to the electrical dryer.  They also provide ideal and stylish storage above the Aga.  This is our easy, step-by-step guide to installing your airer. 
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Find the right place in the ceiling

Starting from the adjacent wall, tap across the ceiling to locate a joist for the double pulley.  When a knock produces a solid sound instead of a hollow sound, you found a joist.  Mark this area with your pencil or chalk.
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Space the pulleys

From the point previously marked area, measure the distance to the next pulley. The single and double pulleys should be spaced as follow:

  • Lathes 70cm to 90cm/Gap 60cm
  • Lathes 100cm to 120cm/Gap 90cm
  • Lathes 130cm to 150cm/Gap 110cm
  • Lathes 160cm to 180cm/Gap 150cm
  • Lathes 190cm to 210cm/Gap 170cm


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Position the cleat hook

With your pencil, using the cleat hook as a template, mark the points where the screws will be inserted on with adjacent wall. 
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Drill pilot holes

Drill pilot holes into the joist at the points previously marked with chalk or pencil.  Make sure that they are  long enough to take the whole length of the pulley shaft.  The holes also need to be the correct diameter so you don't have to struggle when it comes to screwing the pulleys in.  Drill the holes for the cleat hook and insert the raw plugs.
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Fix the pulleys to the ceiling

First lubricate the pulley shaft with a little bit of light oil.  Vaseline also works well.  Gently screw in each pulley, double pulley nearest to the wall.
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Fix the cleat hook to the wall

Using the screws provided in the kit, fix the cleat hook to the wall with your drill or screwdriver. 
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Thread the rope

Unravel the rope so you can get hold of both ends.  Thread one end through the underneath of the 1st wheel of the double pulley and let it hang out.  Thread the second end through the underneath of the 2nd wheel of the double pulley and pull it parallel to the ceiling, no droop, all the way to the single pulley. 
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