I'm wondering what tool is commonly used to manipulate the regulator arm? I've used everything from tweezers to a plastic stick used to help open up computers. My main issue is that all of the things I've used are risky for slippage and I find it incredibly hard to just nudge a little when you're really trying to dial in the timing. I would think there would be a special tool for this (there's a special tool for EVERYTHING), but I haven't managed to find such a tool if it exists. Today I made my own tool using an old broken spring bar tool that I reshaped that should make life a little easier, but I'm very curious to see what everyone else is using.
I was able to put it in a vice and straighten a good portion of it. The balance moves freely now and the rotor spins. To my dismay the wheels were not turning. I found the fourth wheel seized in the bridge. When I tried to remove it, snapped clean off.
I'm a beginner with a history of mangling hairsprings and worse record trying to correct them. Using scrap hairsprings, I'm trying to learn to make a dogleg. I recently learned that replacement balances often require them.
With the HS off the balance, I grip it with Dumont 55 tweezers. Trying to keep that tweezer vertical, I push the HS away from the collet. The problem is that I always end up with the end of the HS twisted upward. I can't find much on this other than Mark's correcting a HS videos (he makes it look easy). Any help is appreciated.