wow i did'nt expect a basher in this thread but i dont abuse my equipment, it is a design flaw. when the button gets FLIMSY and does'nt recoil like it used to then you know it is bent. and cant be bent back without breaking it.
the reason it happens is the metal they used in the spring is too weak to handle long term gaming. and L2 and R2 never need to be mashed in any game. R1, L1, and X yes but i have never had any trouble with those. my buttons just broke ut of the blue.
the coil from the pen idea is also a great idea Kudos!
oh and the staples have been in my controller now for a month and the buttons have never been stronger. i used staples from a staple gun, not like a paper stapler. i did this in a half hour. while playing metal gear online. when the controller spring broke i was playing SURVIVAL and had to think fast to get back in before the lobby's closed for the night.
if you have played MGO then you know what i am talking about. my character would just go in and out of the box while walking it was really annoying.
thanks for all the positive comments!!!