Upgrade to a winch with brake or worm gear by using the drop-down boxes. These winches provide additional safety should you ever need to let go of the winch handle when the house is being lowered. The gear winch provides more leverage for a senior or lady to handle.
We discovered this the hard way when a nest of hornets set up a summer camp in the back of the houses and were not very happy to be disturbed. Once you let go of a stranded winch it freewheels and spins out of control until the houses reach the bottom.
Note: The worm gear winch does not have the traditional hand crank. It will come with a socket to use in a 3/8" or larger cordless drill. The Amish have found this works faster than the old hand crank and does not require the removal or chaining up of the hand crank for children's safety.