Hi Barbara, Ty again for responding.
After I hoisted up the loom, I actually used my big weaving books to balance it. The pile of books measured about 14 inches for each side. I guess how high you lift it depends on your physical needs. I am tall so 14 inches gave me enough room to sit on a low stool. I used the trapeze boards (6 foot long 2 by 4's) as a fulcrum , making sure to use the 2 inch side to lift. I did not do this by myself, I had help. My helper lifted the loom, while I placed the books under the front feet.
Lifting the front of the loom in order to tie up the treadles made all the difference in the world for me. After it was raised, I probably could have used the anchor pins to anchor the treadle cords but using the knitting needles as anchors for the treadle cords was also a bit of a pleasure. Later on, when I decided to raise the treadles, because I wanted to get a bigger shed, and I realized that I had to go under the treadles again, I was glad that I had used the knitting needles, instead of the anchor pins.
I supposed I have to periodically check to see if the treadle cords are not slipping off the knitting needles.
I would be interested to hear if the tie up kit from Becky Ashenden works with your Toika. I did the best that I could to make the treadle cords all the same length and then mark the holes like Becky does. It was a bit of a pain because I did it that when the cords were on the lamms. I also foolishly melted/singed the ends of each cord with a lighter while I was under the loom. I also purchased my own white and black beads and use them to denote upper and lower lamms. When I finish weaving this warp, I am going to measure and mark all of my lamm cords, so I do not have to do that when they are already on the loom.
I have been weaving for about three years. I started on a mighty wolf loom with the rising shed. I had my Toika for a year. I just started weaving on the Toika. I also love my loom. I look forward to retiring in 5 or 6 years when I can weave more than I do now.
I would love to keep each other updated. i forget my Ravelry name, but I will look for yours and make contact.