Customs: About pins on transformers

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  1. metalalchemist

    metalalchemist Well-Known Member

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    Hello, I know there is a lot of information on removing pins for transformers, but what is the best method to re-insert them when you already have a nicely painted part and don´t want to damage it in the process?
    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
     
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    The... same way it was pulled out?

    I've never run into a problem with paint damage from reinserting pins. Just make sure the hole is clear first using the pin punch you used to punch it out in the first place, and it shouldn't be an issue.
     
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    Pin punch?
    I usually use a finishing nail and a hammer. I need a few hits to get the pin´s serrated part out. So I guess I would need a few hits to get it back, thus my worry.
     
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    I use a soldering iron to remove and re-insert. It shouldn't be a problem if you're patient and have a steady hand.
     
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    That works also. I just got tired of bent nails.

    Most pins I can just reinsert by pressing down on the pin using the flat side of the locking pliers I sometimes use to remove them. You don't really need to hammer them back in. And if you do, you don't need nearly as much force as it was to push them out.

    Pin punch set and rubber mallet though. It's worth it.
     
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    Think I´ll see if I can buy the pin punch. Any recommendations?
     
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    Not really, I just got the Stanley 6-pc set for something like $10. The smallest diameter one is obviously the one used most. Sometimes I'll use the largest one to press pins back into place.
     

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