SPRINGS INTRODUCTION
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SPRINGS INTRODUCTION

There are three categories of springs: compression, extension, and torsion. The first two kinds are widely used, while torsion springs are not.

Springs come in a vast number of gauges and lengths. Some are hot-dipped galvanized for use outdoors; others are painted with black enamel and are for interior use only. Chrome-plated springs are also sometimes available, and can be used outside.

The quickest way to get a replacement spring, since they come in so many sizes, is to bring the existing one into the store and match it up with samples (many dealers have boards displaying a variety of springs).

You can also buy assortments of springs, but this is probably for the rare individual. Springs are not used that much in average do-it-yourself projects.

Springs are made of tough metal and are difficult to cut and handle. If you want to cut one, nick it with a cold chisel or old pair of pliers at the desired spot. Work it back and forth until it snaps. If you want to open or close a spring, locking pliers work well.


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Introduction
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Casters
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Hinges
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Screw Eyes And Hooks
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Springs
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