A Spring From Scratch

Introduction: A Spring From Scratch

About: My aim is to find new ways of consumption. I think we need to stop extreme and excessive consumption, and find ways to buy little and use the things wore efficiently.

Several years ago, the spring included in my door lock broke, so the door handle was always down, and the lock kind of open...

So I decided to proceed to the replacement of that broken spring. But I was not able to find the part on the internet, so I tried to make it by my own and the result is quite satisfying and really reliable (It has not broken down in a year...)

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Step 1: Open the Door Lock

First of all, we need to take away the lock from the door and to open the mechanism to identify the problem. As it was a 5-point lock, it was quite long to do it.

Step 2: Find the Good Wire

Then we need to find a steel wire that will not deform plastically, but will keep the geometry needed. I decided to use the steel from a hub cap that I found on the roadside.

Step 3: Cut and Shape the Spring

Then, with a plier like this one, you will be able to shape your spring. Take care of the initial diameter of the spring, and the number of loops of the wire, if the new spring is too thick, the latch will not work properly.

Step 4: The End

Now, you need to adjust your system by testing its working. In my case, I needed to put the lock back on the door and make some tests. But everything was working properly, the handle is now a little bit more hard to press as before but it stays up!

I think that it is possible to make something similar with a "cheap" steal wire not working as a spring, by making a thermal treatment on it (quenching and tempering). I made something similar for the spring of a folding knife.

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Yorkshire Lass
Yorkshire Lass

4 years ago

I did something similar with a cupboard catch, except it required a flat spring that I made from an old retractable steel ruler. The Ible is here.