Replacing Spring on Drop Weight stringer

Discussion in 'Stringing Techniques / Stringing Machines' started by smoothtennis, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. smoothtennis

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    I am trying with much and extreme frustration to get one of those drum springs back onto my Challenger I Drum. Some guy had a video on how to do it, but those links are completely broken now.

    Before I pull all of my hair out, and my dog takes any more abuse from me, can anyone suggest a method or technique on the best way to get that spring threaded back on the drum? My hands are cramping up at this point...

    I have screwdrivers, needle nose pliers, plenty at my disposal.

    -Losing my mind...
     
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  2. kopfan

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    show some pictures.. it is hard to visualize..
     
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  3. Andyroo10567

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    Call up the manufacturer? They should be able to do something about that problem. Update us after you call in. If not, hopefully Irvin comes by and saves the day :)
     
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  4. Irvin

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    Sorry I don't know what he's talking about. Maybe some pictures may be helpful. All I picture is a drum spring on an old drum brake. Tey had a special tool for installing those. May be the case here too.
     
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  5. smoothtennis

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    I finally found a UK youtube clip that show it, but his spring is obviously larger or tensioned ligther.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Htx91OgyWE

    In the real world, at least on a Eagnas, that spring is a LOT tighter. I finally got the spring onto the drum last night by winding it one quarter-round at a time and holding it onto the drum with my fingernails. It finally disfigured the springs a little (stretched them open), and at least it works again. Thanks guys.
     
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    I had the same problem, it took a bit of time to get it on. The old spring was a bit larger than the new one. To make matters worse, the tip of the old spring broke off inside the hole. It would not come out, so drilled a new one, luckily had a drill press.

    My machine is 15 years old and still working well. I might upgrade it to one of these.

    http://www.eagnas.com/logic90.html

    I will purchase the drop weight assembly only since the mounting and clamps are still working well.
     
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  7. smoothtennis

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    Barry, that's a nice looking machine - looks very similar to my Challenger I. I can see that I could always buy just a new drop weight mechanism anytime and this thing would still rock as the base and clamps are all very nice and heavy.

    Anyway, after this spring fling, a crank is looking pretty attractive, LOL.
     
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    Or a Wise 2086 Pro? ;)
     
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    Nevermind.
     
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