Double warp beam on Leclerc Nilus floor loom - second brake does not release

Isabelle Fusey

A friend has a new-to-her Leclerc Nilus 45" loom with a double warp beam.  The friction brake on the second warp beam is operated by the weaver by pulling a cord. The problem is that nothing happens when I pull that cord and I cannot find anything obviously wrong when I look at the brake assembly and compare it to the manual (but my mechanical abilities are limited). Does anyone have experience with this loom wiht two warp beams ?  

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