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I'm trying to get this spring for the door safety catch installed and having no luck. Anyone know the trick?

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Yes... But you have to be fearless, wear a full face shield and leather gloves.... And most of all, brave enough to not cry if you slip and scratch the paint.... LOL, which I don't think you'll have an issue with...


Get a big Regular/flat head screwdriver. Get a ball peen hammer about a 4 to 6 ouncer, you will be holding the handle twards you with your shoulder and using the small side of the peen to pivot the spring...

Push the screwdriver stiffly into the spring just foreward of the end near the retaining nub's end. Place the spring end closest to you onto the swinging arm and shove the spring tighty into the jamb area.

With your left hand hold the screwdriver , placed over the peen end of the hammer, you may change hammer sizes to effect more or less pressure on the spring.

Push in with the spring and slide it over the retaining nub on the hinge by pivoting the screwdriver and the hammer at the same time...

Sometines this works sometimes it dont...

Nearly Every time it will scratch the jamb....

DO NOT TRY THIS WITHOUT PROPER FACE AND FINGER PROTECTION... The Spring will only bounce an inch or two outward but the screwdriver will shoot like a rocket untill it hit's something unless you have tiny chicken arms...

Somewhere there is a tool to install the spring but I have yet to find it... Maybe you should wait for a better way to do it... It's simple for me because I've done it well over a hundred times....

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I've compressed them in a vice and ran wire through the spring. Located it and shut the door slighty until the spring was touching on either end and then cut the wire. Worked for me.
 

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If i'm not mistaken, Eastwood has tool that compresses the spring. A big pair of pliers kinda.

I've used Dougs method also. works and doesn't scratch the paint. I've also driven the press pin out for the latch plate, installed the spring on the nub and the catch of the plate and replaced the pin.

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Like above but I used 2 zip ties instead of wire. Also another time I used a putty scraper for a crowbar and let the spring slid into place. If you do it this way tie a long string on the spring incase it takes off, then it will be easier to find.
 
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