Flexi Point Driver Help!

Julia

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Ah, I must be a glutton for punishment.
I am trying to put our Flexi Point Driver back together after replacing a part. Does anyone know of a trick to put the springs back in?
My patience is being tested today with this and any suggestions you might have would be greatly appreciated!
(I did look in the archives and did not find a related topic)
Many thanks for (hopefully) restoring my sanity.
Regards,
Julia
 

Bob Doyle

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I just took mine apart three weeks ago!

I think that as I screwed it together I had used a piece of scrap matboard to press the spring in.
 

Julia

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Bob:
Can you explain further how you got the matboard to stick in there?I'm just having a heck of a time keeping that spring loaded in the channel.
Thanks,
Julia
 

Bob Doyle

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OK Can't beleive I just di dthis but I took apart my black fletcher point driver, I don't have the fletcher flexi!

Took all the screws out and put in the by lock first. only put it in 1/3 way. left it loose.


Fed the spring in through the back by opening the back wide enough to feed it through. Held the front together enough to keep the spring in.

Used a straightened paper clip to pull the spring farther into the gun and "worked" the spring in through the back.

After two failed attempts it worked and I screwed in the back upper screw.

Then pulled the locking handle up and down, back and forth to be sure teh spring was in correctly.

Tightened all the screws and put it all back together again.
 

Julia

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Thank you Bob!
When my patience level is restored, I'll take your suggestions and let you know how I fare. I cannot imagine being the person who has to sit on an assembly line putting those together!
Julia
 

John Ranes II CPF GCF

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Once you've seen this done or done it with these little helpful tips.....it's a piece of cake!.
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  • As you put the main assembly into the one half of the shell, screw only those small screws on the bottom to hold these together.</font>
  • lay the shell on the edge of a table so that the foot carries over the edge....this will keep things flat and level.</font>
  • Lay the springs, handle into place. Let the main long spring that pushes against the points fall out the back of the driver (Don't worry about it at this stage.)</font>
  • Lay the top of the shell into place but only partially tighten the screws holding the two halves together.</font>
  • Now use a traditional pencil - slide the pencil tip into the back of the spring and use this as a tool to push the spring into the two halves before completely closing.</font>
  • Finish tightening all the screw! :D</font>
Regards,

John
(Consultant to The Fletcher-Terry Company)
 
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