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lad111, you are exactly right, the real pains are what we learn from, unfortunately you and I are learning alot lately. to make sure mainsprings are put back in place properly there are several things that can help, tracing the train back, usually the arbor will have a hook that is flat or peened over on the catch side, I have had some that are difficult to tell pictures will do the trick. with mainsprings in barrels always carefully mark or document which way it has come apart, some are obvious but there can be others that a little more difficult to tell, of course we have all put something together the wrong way at one time or another so like you said @lad111 wrote:
talk about opportunity to learn!
I have a great hope to get thru these learning experiences but since I am so slow, hardheaded, stubborn, probably not for awhile, William