Help w/ 'disappearing stairs'?
Hi all! I'm assuming that my 1938 Bungalo (Arts & Crafts) style house qualifies for this "old house" forum.
I'm hoping that someone might be able to help...
Several years ago, I bought this house in terrible disrepair. An electrician doing work for me somehow managed to completely destroy the pully-system on my "disappearing" attic stairs. I was told that's what they're called, because they don't fold, but are rather full size stairs that drop down and slide across each other to extend to the ground.
My father and another guy tried to guess how the ropes/pullies/weights should be mounted, and it "sort of works" (lol!) but I'm definitely not happy with it and haven't tried to use it in years (it's hard to use and I'm worried that it's unsafe). It's a waste to not use the attic, and I really don't want to give up these gorgeous old stairs in favor of a new replacement folding stair! I know that it worked correctly when I looked at the house to buy it, but I certainly don't remember how it was all rigged up.
Is there anyone out there with a "disappearing stair" setup that can help me with the proper configuration for the pullies/ropes/weights? or can anyone tell me who I might be able to contact about such a thing?
Thanks very much for any ideas!
(and now I'll look around for other tips :)