How to set up a double pulley system

Written by will charpentier
How to set up a double pulley system
Rigging your own block and tackle takes some thought. (Illustrations by the Author)

Reeving blocks to set up a double pulley system requires a little thought. A double pulley system, also known as a "block and tackle," consists of the pulleys, or blocks, and the tackle, the ropes rived through the blocks. You must decide if you will use a double pulley system with one sheave--the roller in a pulley--in each block, which will give you a mechanical advantage of 3 to 1, or a double pulley system with two sheaves in each block, which will give you a mechanical advantage of 5 to 1.

How to set up a double pulley system

Lay the blocks on the deck, 2 to 3 feet apart, with one block on its side and the other on its face. The hooks should point away from each other. The block lying on its side will be the upper block of the tackle; the bottom block will attach to the load.

How to set up a double pulley system

Reeve the line from the left, through the sheave of the block lying on its side.

How to set up a double pulley system

Reeve the rope through the sheave of the block lying on its face.

How to set up a double pulley system

Bring the rope up to the becket of the block lying on its side and secure it to the becket with a becket bend or an eye splice.

How to set up a double pulley system

Use the block that has the rope belayed to its becket as the uppermost block in your tackle to gain the best mechanical advantage.

How to set up a double pulley system

Lay the blocks on the deck, 2 to 3 feet apart, with one block on its side and the other on its face. The hooks should point away from each other. The block lying on its side will be the upper block of the tackle; the bottom block will attach to the load.

How to set up a double pulley system

Reeve the line from the left, through the sheave nearest the deck on the block lying on its side.

How to set up a double pulley system

Reeve the rope through the one sheave of the block lying on its face.

How to set up a double pulley system

Reeve the rope though the empty sheave of the block lying on its side.

How to set up a double pulley system

Reeve the rope through the remaining sheave of the block lying on its face.

How to set up a double pulley system

Pass the rope up to the becket of the block lying on its side and secure it to the becket with a becket bend or an eye splice.

How to set up a double pulley system

Use the block that has the rope belayed to its becket as the uppermost block in your tackle to gain the best mechanical advantage.

Tip

Until rived through a block, it's called "line." After being rived through a block, it becomes part of "tackle" and is called rope.

Warning

Always ensure that the line and blocks chosen have a sufficient safe working load for the task you are attempting.

Things you need

  • 2 blocks, each either two-sheave or three-sheave
  • Line, natural or synthetic fibre

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