Just finished base plating and laminating 5 dozen traps. Now I'm putting Sterling pans with night latches dogs. The dogs are the round stainless kind. The eyes on these are really stiff and are a chore to close. I started on the first one and was able to close it about half way. I set the trap, pulled the pan down to the click, but the pan was way from being level. With the outside lamination there's no room to adjust the frame forward to lower the pan. The only recourse is to close the eye more and there is the rub. I can't get it to close using pliers, channels, or vise grips. I did close it with a bench vise but it flattened instead of "rolling" or curling closed. Anyone have any suggestions for closing these eyes. They aren't anything like a Bob Custer or stock dog, exactly the same as the MB dogs. Thanks.
They make some longer dogs you may have to go to due to the lamination. I have a few with the same problem and they’re in the “ to work on “ pile. I thought of knocking off the lamination right where the dog crosses it too but I think the fix would be to order the longer dogs. I know how hard it is to close those eyes. I use a bench vise, large screwdriver and hamme but they still look a little flat. They are the best dog in my opinion. I like the end notch and they don’t get bent with catches.
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Thanks Steve, your a ray of sunshine! Ha! I figured that'd be the route I'd have to go. I actually toyed with the same idea of grinding a notch for the dog but realized why did I all those lams to turn around and defeat the purpose.