tool for installing pin in PCB extractors?

Tothwolf tothwolf at
Sun Oct 25 00:54:09 CDT 2015

On Sat, 24 Oct 2015, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 10/24/2015 09:49 PM, Eric Smith wrote:
>> What tool does one use to install the metal pin into a plastic PCB
>> extractor, e.g., the Bivar CP-36 or Keystone 8642?
> There are expensive tools for the purpose, but I've always just used a pair 
> of long-nose pliers to compress the end of the spring pin slightly to get it 
> started, then drive it home with a soft-faced mallet.  Make sure that the 
> body of the extractor is supported.
> To remove, an appropriately-sized roll pin punch works just fine without 
> mangling things.

I have a small pair of specialty pliers which were made to install roll 
pins in relays which work equally well for this. Another tool I've used in 
the past is a really small c-clamp.

I don't know if anyone else has tried them yet, but I recently discovered 
that Richco/Essentra also makes card ejectors/extractors.

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