Parking Brake

The 6 spd 99 I just bought has very little parking brake grab. The previous owner gave me receipts that show that the brakes were replaced 15K miles
ago. I've gone to a few forums that have varying information. One talks about pulling up on the handle with the button depressed 5 or 6 times. This supposedly pulls the slack out of the cable but does nothing with the pads. I've tried this and it seems like I have a little more grab. Another recommendation has you remove the lever and inspect for the ratcheting assembly. It showed pics of it being frozen. It doesn't clearly explain how you can determine this is the problem before dismantling. Another thread talks about the adjusters at the wheel that requires the wheels and the rotors to be removed. It almost sounds like the parking brake has it's own pads and does not use the main pads. Are there separate pads for the parking brake? I've gone to a half a dozen parts stores trying to find a C5 Haynes book but none are available. I've been to two Chevy dealers and they don't have any. So I'm seeing what info I can find here.
Any recommendations as to who makes the better manual? Should I be only looking at the dealers shop book? It's been my experience that the chevy books are not always better than the Haynes book. One guy told me to get a Corvette Helms book. My 85 S10 Blazer chevy manual was made by Helms. Is Helms the one still making GM books?
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Jim



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Helm is the ONLY way to go.
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