tool for installing pin in PCB extractors?

Mike Stein mhs.stein at
Sun Oct 25 01:01:34 CDT 2015

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chuck Guzis" <cclist at>
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Subject: Re: tool for installing pin in PCB 

> 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.
> --Chuck

A small vise always works for me.


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