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Can't pull the cord at all. its stuck. Homelite

When I try to pull, it only comes out a couple of inches. I unscrewed all the screws & looked inside & the rope is intact & looks fine, and I can pull the rope all the way out while I have it apart, but when I put it back like it was, the can't pull on rope, its stuck again? I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be looking for inside? I'm just a girl..... Is something broke inside? Should I just go buy a new one?

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  • sas_brla Jul 26, 2009

    The cord is not unwinded, as I said it looks fine inside, I can see it wound around the whatever it is.

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Rewind the cord

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