Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Lawrenceville NJ
Using a bicycle spoke to pull a spring
One of lightest smallest most inconspicuous and useful "tool" in my toolbox is a spoke from a bicycle wheel.
There's been many a time there's a snowblower spring that I have a hard time reaching for between pulleys and my needle nose pliers are not long enough.
Or there's the times there is so much tension pulling the spring the needle noise keeps slipping because the pliers are straight and it's a straight pull and you have to both pull and grip the handles at the sane time besides maneuvering. One way around the latter there are needle nose pliers where they curve at the end but I don't own those. Maybe Harbor Freight would be a good enough tool and cheap enough for the occasional use it would get.
Or there's the times you are pulling with the pliers but can't quite hook it.
These are all situations that using a bicycle spoke solves these problems. You can reach back under the pulley, pull the spring with the spoke and either hook i using the spoke or pull it and use the needle nose pliers to hook it.
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