Macomber loom treadle question
Firstly, I want to thank you all for this group. I can not believe that the person at the Macomber factory in York ME told me that they have been around for 80 years but said that there wasn't a manual for their looms. I am even more surprised that I couldn't find anything on YouTube to help me. I bought a used baby macomber add a harness with 4 shafts and I just purchased and installed 4 more. I was sent a copy of what she had on two pages, no pictures (I don't usually read instructions, pictures are what I need). I am not new to weaving, I have a Harrisville 4 shaft with rope tie ups from treddle to shaft and am new to the concept of stepping on one treadle to pull up more than one shaft, I am very excited about this. I am trying to set my treadles up now and can not figure out an easy way to put those metal Pieces in the slots of the treddles and then up over the lambs without lying on the ground and struggling, trying to reach all up and around the lambs only to watch the metal pieces/rods fall out when I test them (pushing the treadles down with my hands). Can anyone explain to me an easier way? Also, I was given some rods with a big loop and the some that are only about 1/2" shorter, with only a wee small bend in them. I have helped my friend set up her Tools of the Trade loom, it had chains to connect the treddles, and there were all different lengths, which makes sense to me. Does the Macomber not need all different legnth rods?
Any help or advise will be greatly appreciated,I am dying to get weaving with this new/used loom of mine.