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Offline fisherman

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coupling springs.....
« on: June 12, 2011, 11:44:24 am »
you know the coupling springs in Dapol couplings....

that jump out and disappear into the carpet?????

if you manage to find them.....

how do you get them back in ????? >:(

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Re: coupling springs.....
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2011, 11:54:00 am »
To be honest I havn`t tried
when doing things that have small springs inside them try and place them and at least one of your hands inside a plastic bag. You can see the item through the plastic of the bag and manipulate it knowing that any 'springie thingies' that fly off/away will be trapped inside the bag and therefore easy to retrieve/find when they self launch away from you.
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Re: coupling springs.....
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011, 12:01:52 pm »
I superglue coupling springs - usually to the coupling arm. That way the object in question is larger and flies shorter distances in future.

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Re: coupling springs.....
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2011, 12:13:19 pm »
you need a miniature spring holder. you can make one yourself out of a nail or bit of brass rod.
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Re: coupling springs.....
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2011, 03:29:25 pm »
It's a little known fact that in every layout room there's a miniature black hole that sucks in springs, small screws etc. They are sometimes ejected at the other end of the black hole which is usually 15 feet from the entrance. If they are ejected then you can use a small jewellers screwdriver to hold them while you fit them back on the couplers.
Micro-Trains make a special jig for assembling their couplers.

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Re: coupling springs.....
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2011, 04:08:33 pm »
Can vouch for the  tiny drop  of CA  on one end of the spring to hold it  in  ,    the Microtrains jig i  have one but have never mastered using it  ::) mind size of my mitts  no wonder  ;D


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