Motor brushes on router(reinstalling).
The article in the latest FWW on Universal Electric Motors reminded me to check the brushes in my most used tool, a Porter Cable router (same model pictured in the article, page 22). They were about 5/8″ long. Seemed OK, so went to reinstall them. Problem: the little cap at the end of the spring wouldn’t stay in place in the brass housing so I could screw the black plastic cover back in. In other words, the cover fits inside a round flange and there’s no way to hold the cap in (because the spring pushes it back out) while you screw the plastic cover back in. After about 15 minutes of fiddling with it, I finally somehow got it back in after accidentally breaking off one of the cap legs.
There has to be a way to do this that I never figured out. How do you do it? Thanks for suggestions. Gary