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Old 11-02-2019   #10
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I also use Patterson reels and occasionally have problems loading 120 film. My reels are the one with what I call a loading ramp. I start there and slightly pull the film through the two bearings. If it's feels like the film is moving through smoothly I ratchet the reels and finish the loading. If I feel resistance I start the whole process over which means taking the reels apart. I think the biggest problem is dirty ( sticky ) bearings. Usually, the second attempt, if the first doesn't work, gets it done. Don't just rinse the reels when "cleaning" up. Use soapy water and then rinse well.
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