Originally Posted by LupusUmbrus
Sounds like a perfect excuse to build a pulley system
I had a crazy great-uncle that would always have me do bizarre chores for him. One of the two most memorable chores involved a sack of small pulleys and some nylon rope.
Did I mention that this guy was totally off his rocker? As in; convinced people from a nearby factory were breaking into his house through the back door at lunch time to eat his food. Totally crazy.
He had an old shed in his back yard that had a wooden door that opened inward with a spring attached to pull the door shut automatically. In his crazy mind, he had the idea that he needed a pulley system installed so that he could pull a rope to open the door from the inside of the shed instead of just putting a frigging handle on the door that he could pull on with his hand.
I gave him a sideways look when he asked me to do this, but figured... what the hell... he's paying me to do this.
So, I attached one pulley to the ceiling and attached the rope to the door, threading it through the pulley and letting it hang down. Now he could pull down on the rope to open the door. Crazy ass job done, right?
I showed him the work when I was done, and he got pissed. I didn't use all of the pulleys! There were something like a half dozen in the sack he gave me, but I only used one. This was unacceptable.
Did I mention that this guy was crazy? As is; nailed his back door shut to keep out those factory workers that were stealing his food?
Anyway, 2 hours later I presented him with a god-awful Rube-Goldberg machine that he could use to open the stupid shed door. He was pleased and gave me a $2 bill as payment.
Did I mention this guy was a whack-job? As is; had me dig a 4 foot by 4 foot by 3 foot hole in his yard. After which, he placed 4 jars of homemade grape jelly into this monster hole and asked me to fill the dirt back in? I got another $2 bill for that one, too.