Good morning all,
I have had great success with a very small screwdriver. It's the smallest of the set of drivers that I own.
It has somehow become ever so slightly magnetized. I can pick up a spring on the end. I don't try to impale the spring with the screwdriver. I can guide the spring into the pocket of the coupler with the screwdriver blade, then just hold the spring down with my thumbnail and withdraw the screwdriver. Works nearly every time.
I also use the same screwdriver to pick up (1) ball Bearing and insert it in the hole in the coupler. I use a .5 mm lead pencil to hold the ball while I remove the screwdriver.
Like I said, the blade is just barely magnetized. I'm not sure how well this would work if it were heavily magnetized.
Hope something here may help.
Mike Van Hove
On Feb 6, 2014, at 6:13 AM, Alan Hummel wrote:
Thank you Morgan,I bought a Spring Pic years ago,now the trick is to find the thing!!! Ever have that trouble? Thanks for your input.
As another person switching from Kadee's to Sergent I join in recommending the reamer. I have a fair number of Sunshine kits and the mount is of VARIBLE size. The reamer saves the day on that count. Another tool I found useful is the Kadee "Pic" for inserting those *###?!!@ little springs. If you use the tool and your thumb you can install quite a few in a row before one of them launches into space. The spring really does help in lining up the couplers. The final visual effect of the Sergent is, in my opinion worth the effort. Have fun!