Live weight system question and another wee thing
I've got a 1959 Macomber B type loom with a 3/4' sectional beam and a pawl and ratchet type brake on it. At the moment if I release the brake she bounces and I get the beam going backward way too fast releasing too much warp. A live tension system has been suggested, but I'm not sure if that would work on the sectional beam or not. Has anyone done this? All the ones I've seen online are either round or hexagonal so there's plenty of grip for the rope.
Also this was my first warp and I found that when I was getting towards the end of it my shafts kept getting hung up on themselves. Admittedly my warp was a very hairy carpet yarn which probably didn't help, but is this something that's a common problem? She also rocks when I use the beater, not used to that, my previous loom is a countermarche and a lot heavier.
This is a new to me loom and I've done a lot of work to get her up to spec with locally sourced materials and so far I'm liking her so really want to fix these two problems.