Re: Need modding help
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2017, 09:54:38 PM »
If you own a cordless drill, a couple clamps, a hammer and a ~8 ounce ball peen hammer (Tekton ones are $10 on Amazon) you can absolutely do this job yourself.Just gently pop the scales off with a small SAK blade, drill the pins out with a 3/32" drill bit (a 1/16" will work too, just have to drill deeper) until you can pop/pry the bushings off (pliers will work, just be careful with the lip of the bushing). Take out the layers preceding the springs, then the offending springs themselves. File down the pins until they are flat, then round the corners a bit and reassemble. If you have a lot of extra pin, snip it off with some dykes, and refile.You should have about 3/32" of pin left above the bushings. Next, use your clamps to clamp your hammer (not the ball peen) to a sturdy flat surface (I use our dining room table). This is your anvil. Hold the SAK in such a way that the pin you are going to peen rests directly on the hammer, with the unpeened pin facing upward. Using the ball part of the hammer (never the flat) use medium force to peen the pin (this will take a few minutes). Make sure to check the tightness of the pins every few swings, as it is easy to over-peen and make your SAK a nail biter. Once you've done all the pins, use pliers to twist a tool on each pin back and forth, to ensure you have seated the bushings fully. Repeat as necessary. Once you are done, put the scales back on, and you are finished!
Or, if you don't mind me taking forever to get around to it, I'll do it for you