Recently I have been messing around with a Squier Affinity Strat, trying to set it up properly. I tried to adjust the truss rod and it was initially too tight. So I turned it counterclockwise, in order to loosen it. I see that after turning it counterclockwise, it becomes extremely loose and turns freely after a couple of turns (I know that I should not turn it a "couple of turns", but I wanted to understand exactly how the truss rod works and this is a guitar I am messing around with, so I guess i am fine with it).
It does tighten up if I turn it clockwise. In either case I don't see much of a change in the relief of the neck. It seems to be dead straight all the time. Is the truss rod broken?
The other question I have is regarding string tension. I noticed an remarkable increase in string tension as I lower the action. I think I have the right action that I want but the strings feel too tight for bending, especially the high e string. I am using .11-.49. Has anyone faced the problem of string too tight to bend when the action was lowered?