Preloading springs

Problem: In many situations, compression-type springs must be partially compressed during reinstallation. This action can sometimes be difficult and dangerous to the personnel performing the task.
By Staff June 1, 1999

Problem: In many situations, compression-type springs must be partially compressed during reinstallation. This action can sometimes be difficult and dangerous to the personnel performing the task.

Solution: Squeeze the spring in a vise, and then use 3 or 4 heavy-duty tie-wraps to restrain it in partial compression. When the spring is secured in the installation, cut and remove the tie-wraps.

Contributor: J. Michael Stone, Maintenance Coordinator, Smurfit Stone Container Corp., Greensboro, NC