Where can I buy a compression spring?
July 18, 2004 3:46 AM Subscribe
Where the heck do you buy a spring? Surprisingly interesting details inside.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders to Shopping (16 answers total)
I built a zipline
for a kids playground, and because of the terrain, it's so steep that the kids slam into the end. Yeah, this is funny and all, but I'm thinking if I put a big spring at the end, or series of springs, it will soften the landing and enable kids to maintain their grip on the bar after "landing" so they can drop safely to the ground. So I need a spring at least 1' long, at least .5" inside diameter, and as few coils per inch as possible, for maximum boingboing-iness. Technically this is called a compression spring, as opposed to an extension spring.) All searches take me to manufacturers, where price for a run of one is prohibitive. Can you help me think of retail uses for a such a spring (car parts, etc.) so I can search retailers?