How trustworthy are these techniques?
I don't know why, but I am having a hard time picturing this. The CPU has pins, the socket has space for the pins from everything I've ever seen?
If it's the CPU that has pins bent, it's an easy fix. I assume it would apply to pins on any component that were bent.
Foolproof method: Take a credit card upside down (don't want the embossed numbers involved), slide it carefully between the rows of the CPU pins. It's EXACTLY the right side to fit if the pins are not bent inward. If you do this down every row, then rotate the chip a 1/4 turn and repeat so you cross the invisible rows you made last time, you'll be set. Of course if your pins are bent outward on the final row, you'll need to push them upright with the edge of the card gently before beginning.