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Published on November 22nd, 2014 | by Library

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How to Identify the Use for Different Kinds of Springs

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Looking to do some repairs on your car or home and stumped as to what kind of springs to use? A custom bolt manufacturer or a spring manufacturer is a good place to start your search and direct questions to. Many custom bolt manufacturers have sites online where they sell their products and often have a FAQ section.

But in case you need a fast answer and want to learn more before visiting a custom bolt manufacturer, here are a few basics for you to get started with:

What Are The Most Common Types of Springs?

  • Compression Springs
    Compression springs have an open coil and are wound tightly or made to offer resistance to any force compressing along the wind axis. In other words, their function is to keep things apart. They’re one of the most common types of spring and can be found in places as diverse as lawn mowers, trampolines, mattresses, electronics, and pens, and can also be used as automotive springs. Additionally, they’re one of the most efficient energy storage devices around.

    Extension Springs
    Extension springs are tightly coiled and are used to resist a stretching force, unlike compression springs. They’re designed to keep two things together. They’re most commonly used by automotive manufacturers in in car interiors and exteriors, garage door assemblies, and washing machines.

    Torsion Springs
    Torsion springs work by twisting; when twisted, it exerts a force in the opposite direction. They’re most often divided into a torsion bar or a helical torsion spring. You see these most commonly in mousetraps or clothespins.

  • Most springs are made of beryllium, copper, stainless steel, or titanium.

    Screws versus Bolts?!
    Looking in the nuts and bolts bin at the hardware store can be overwhelming, but each little item is used for a different purpose. Both screws and bolts are used as fastening mechanisms, but a bolt is more specific. it usually require a nut or a threaded receiver to fasten two or more things together. A screw doesn’t need the assistance of a nut to attach things together. Bolts are usually thicker than screws and a have a larger flat head. If you’re not sure, ask at the store for assistance. Specific bolts and screws are used for different projects, of course, so be sure to ask your custom bolt manufacturer or assistant at the hardware store which kind you should purchase.

    Remember, there are a multitude of resources to help you puzzle out your building project woes: from the people who manufacture your products, to YouTube videos and online sites, to your guy at the local hardware store. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and seek help!


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