Multiple Tie-Up Solution for LeClerc Nilus Loom from Pat Keily

When Pat Keily sent me his question, I gave him my thoughts but non suited his problem with floating shafts with multiple tie-ups. Here is what he wrote for this guest post to explain the problem and his happy solution. Thanks for contributing this tip, Pat!

“I have a 67-year-old LeClerc Nilus 36-inch, 10 treadle loom that has given me fits.  The problem has been floating frames on multiple tie-ups.  For some reason still unbeknownst to me, depressing a treadle would cause one or more frames to “float” an inch or so off the bottom.  I was finally able to determine the cause and solution by googling the right key words.  The problem is caused by the weight of the treadles (but why depressing a treadle would cause this is beyond me) lifting the jack.  The solution is to install springs that keep the treadles from weighing down the frames.  After searching for the right size springs and seeing they would cost over $50, my wife came up with a much better idea.  We went to the Dollar Store and bought clasp-free hair bands for 10 cents each (pack of ten for a dollar).  I bought 20 eye screws, installed ten in the end of the treadles and ten on a hardwood strip that I attached to the loom (Pat told me that he opened the “eyes” with two pairs of pliers).  I slipped the hair band (fancy rubber bands) onto the eye screws and my floating frames floated right out of my life!”

3 thoughts on “Multiple Tie-Up Solution for LeClerc Nilus Loom from Pat Keily

  1. Improvisation is the mother of all invention…….I added 30g fishing sinkers to my glimåkra lams to make the lower set the equivalent weight of the long lams. Yaaaa…. a more beautiful shed.

    • I’d love to have you make a guest post on my blog about your treadle solution–Could you write something and send a couple of photos–or one and I can make a detail from that? my email is peggy@peggyosterkamp.com
      Hope to hear from you.

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