It is inadvisable for him to use his fingers
Not good for his ivory either I think
Thanks you all chaps.
Swans tool is more for a workshop I think. I never saw it and
would not know where to get one.
Also: I do not think I will remove a pulling spring for the next ten years.
Did you buy it or make it?
Peter I tried to install the spring first and bolt the stand up
after that, but that resulted in a lot of @#&*<##! (Funny... do we speak the same language?)
The simple solution solved the problem.
The "why did I not think of that" trick with the washers.
With the washers the spring was 11 [mm] longer.
Thanks again. Case closed (for me that is)