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« on: April 30, 2014 08:09:49 PM »

It's my wheel!  It's a really terrible sound...

My wheel has been "creaking" for the past couple of weeks.  I've only spun on it twice since it began to make this noise, but it doesn't seem to get any better.  I have an Ashford Traveller, double drive, double treadle wheel.  I can feel the creak coming from underneath my right foot, but I've oiled, and tightened, and even found one blogger who said her peg was loose, so I shoved some card-stock into the peg hole to tighten that up.  It's just... not fixing it.  I feel like I'm doing something wrong here... it was working fine for the past 3 years, and now... I just don't know!

Anyone have any insight on this?  I called Paradise Fibers a few weeks ago and they had no idea what was wrong... I'm planning to ask some vendors this week at MDSW but - I worry if they can't hear it, they won't know how to fix it!  I'm getting really fed up.  Cry  Angry
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« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2014 05:02:29 AM »

Which parts have you oiled? did you get the parts where the bar under the treadle goes into the front legs? I know mine isn't in there snug, and I can shift the treadles from side to side so the oil gets worked in. If you can't do that, Tip the wheel while you oil those spots. What about flipping it over and oiling the hinges on the treadles?
Also, what kind of oil are you using? I know it's crazy, but I've been put small engine oil on mine, and I don't have to oil it  as often.  Let me know if this helps!
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2014 05:04:54 AM »



I just remembered I had this picture. Are you oiling where all the purple dots are?
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« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2014 06:18:04 PM »

Your wheel is beautiful Belladune!! 

That image helped a lot!  I had never oiled where the treadle bar goes into the front legs.  I tried wax on there, but this seems to work so far.  I also purchased Ashford brand wheel oil, and this is my first time using it, so maybe that helps too?

I can feel it though, I know it'll sound strange, but it feels like the sound should be there...  I'm worried it'll come back as the leg gets lose again... I was thinking of contacting Ashford about a replacement leg, if it really is that the leg is too big for the hole it should fit into then maybe that'll fix it?

I'll be at Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend, so I'm gonna try a few Travellers and see what they feel like... Maybe it's just me, maybe not.

Thanks for all of your expertise!  It's really really helpful that we have the same wheel, haha!
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2014 07:47:31 PM »

Thanks, honeyed! 
Yeah, I know what you mean about feeling the squeak. Mine has a funny wobble in the treadle, but that might be that one screw that always comes loose.  i have no idea how to fix a loose screw though.... But, it doesn't hurt to test a traveller that's not yours. Maybe they all have a funny twitch.= Maybe it's just yours and mine, and maybe ours twitch just a bit differently.
It's very helpful that we have the same wheel!!  you're welcome!
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2014 07:09:49 PM »

It's super helpful!  Now I know when I have an issue I can ask you  Grin

Of course, I spoke too soon.  It started up again.  I didn't see any dealers at the festival this weekend (except Merlin Tree with their Hitchhikers!) so I didn't get to try one, but I'm starting to think you're right that there's just something funky with them.  I emailed Ashford Sunday with hopes they'll get back to me.  I asked for a new leg that fits more snugly into the hole, I guess we'll see what they say!
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2014 06:52:04 AM »

Mine took a lot of oilings to get that squeak to stop for a long period of time, but it always comes back. Just keep greasin' her up. Sometimes I think the oils needs to really saturate the wood, then it will do it's job of keeping things from squeaking!
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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2014 04:38:06 AM »

Thank you!! Someone mentioned trying white lithium grease instead of oil, that it stays lubricaited better... I might see if I can track some down at home depot. :/

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