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Any good pulleys out there?

KennyJennings
Protege
I am working on a pulley system for my rift to keep the cable out of the way. My original idea was to have the cable going straight up from my PC to one hook then to a pulley about 1.5 meters away with some slack and a weight in the middle it so when I move around or bend down the cable extends, and retracts back when I move back. However, I'm having a problem. I went to a local hardware store and picked up a pulley which was obviously for a more heavy duty job, and as a result the wheel doesn't spin very easily, and thus does not retract back unless I put a somewhat large weight. The problem with this larger weight is that I can actually feel the cable pulling up on the back of my head. So, my question was: has anyone else done something similar to this, and if so, can anyone recommend a pulley with less resistance so I can use less weight?
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KennyJennings
Protege
This is a diagram of my pulley system.

Anonymous
Not applicable
Get good pulleys , and get 3. Put the other 2 at the PC end and adjust the weight .Good free wheeling ones will
be best. httpwwwropebookcomthemesropebookimgpulley-2-1-basicjpg

KennyJennings
Protege
I'm not exactly sure what you're saying about the other two pulleys, I get that one should hold the weight, but what about the other one?

jademan
Heroic Explorer
Virtuix is (eventually) coming out with their VR Boom when they release Omni.  You could probably model something similar, or make one with photo/mic stands?

http://www.virtuix.com/product/virtuix-vr-boom/

KennyJennings
Protege
That looks like a good idea, I'll look into that some more. Thanks for pointing it out!