I suppose to some this might seem like a dumb question, but . . . how do I find out if the ball is still inside the old style metal bailer without removing it? If it is gone, can the ball be replaced? I'll be honest, if the only alternative is to remove the old bailer and purchase a newer, plastic one - I will probably just manually bail. I haven't heard a lot of great things about the bailer anyway. Thanks, Jamie H.