Customs: Pin removal....WTF!!!

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  1. Nemesis251

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    I have been working on a Drift custom. My first one. I read the pin removal thread and looked at a couple of other sites for info also. I'm about to lose my mind trying to remove a pin from his arm. Is it me or are there other ways to remove pins than tapping or the heat trick?
     
  2. Fishdirt

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    That's about it. Thing is tapping doesn't work if your tapping the thick end. In fact it drives it in tighter.
     
  3. Nemesis251

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    That wasn't the problem. I was using a pin from a junker to hammer the pins out with. I gave up and went and bought a pin punch. Much easier now.
     
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    Where does one get this, so called, "pin puch"?
     
  5. Nemesis251

    Nemesis251 Wants 3rd Party Knock Out

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    I got mine from Lowe's. 1/16 size for $3.94
     
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    This is what I use. You can purchase one for about $14. I like it because it has a lot of torque. Obviously, not for the faint at heart, though.
     
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    Ah my bad, I wrote and read when I was going to bed so I auto pictured you tapping a punch.

    Do people tap? seems like a timely, risky effort.
     
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    You need to be careful with that though. You can damage the pin you are driving out. Frankly I'd recommend both tools. I find pins to be a finicky thing and each one does not drive out the same even if the two pins you're knocking out are symmetrical ( left & right arms for example ) .
     
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    I've only had a few problems with the plastic surrounding the pins, and even that's been minimal.

    Like I said, it's a tool that's not for the faint at heart.
     
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    How does one use this "pin punch"?
     
  11. Lt. Faceless

    Lt. Faceless I'm a puppet

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    I just use a small nail and hammer. It has worked magic on Skyhammer.He has 6-7 pins in 1 leg. Another trick someone tolded me about.Put an eraser under said part.It will keep the part form moving around and the eraser will catch the pin on its way out.
     
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    good advice about the eraser under the part. and tapping pins out does work if the are needs to be sanded to avoid rubbing. sometimes you can get away without taking pins out
     
  13. big hank

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    I kind of use a hybrid style, in addition to the automatic center punch.

    I bought a cheap soldering iron and instead of the soldering tip I have a junker pin in its place, about an inch long.

    I align the heated pin with the one I want to remove, pushing gently until enough pin is exposed to grab with hobby pliers.

    A small vise to hold your figure helps greatly as well.


    Main Ingredient: patience.
     
  14. Lt. Faceless

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    I agree.I've had some close calls with the Hammer/nail trick. It wouldn't be the first time ive had a nail go through my hand.
     
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    o.k.. but... how do you render your part immobile while you are tapping it?so as not to break it?
     

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