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Replace the brake band

The brake band is attached to the internal brake tensioner using a Lark's Head knot.  To remove the old brake band, first disconnect the spring from the eye:

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Next, slacken the brake tensioner by turning the wooden brake adjustment knob counterclockwise while you pull on the swivel of the brake band: replace-brake-02.jpg

Use a needle or the pick from your miniSpinner Maintenance Kit to open the Lark's Head knot on the swivel:

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Open up the loop and pull the spring and the rest of the brake band through the loop:

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Slid off the swivel:

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To install the new brake band, thread the loop from the brake tensioner through the eye of the swivel:

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Then, thread the spring and the rest of the brake band through the loop:

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Pull it tight...

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Then reconnect the spring and you're done:

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