Then mark your bearing caps, so you can put them back in exactly the same way.
I totally agree with your method for taking out the diff housing JIMN.
The marks are already on the caps from the factory.
They should correspond with the marks on the axle housing.
Mostly they are marked with a caracter that stands straight on one side, and lies on its side on the other side.
If the markings are not the same on housing and caps, then the original caps have been lost and replaced by another set of caps.
That would be of concern if the owner wants to do a good job.
The "wheel" is hard to lift back in place vertically with axle housing not removed from the springs, but quite easy if the assy is horizontal and the 'wheel" wants to drop back in.
I agree with you artificer.
That's why I made a stretcher.
It allows you to do any diff job in a professional way without taking underneath the diff housing.
Making a stretcher is less exhausting then pulling the entire axle and still have difficulty's to remove and install the diff carrier.
Kind regards, Luc