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Old 09-29-2011
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Default Using Ratchet Strap as come-along for HWH Springs

I had a spring break on one of my HWH levelers. Checked around and with tax and shipping 2 new springs were less money from HWH than locally. I decided to try using a ratchet strap as a come-along to stretch the new springs on and it worked great. Pics attached:
The picture showing the strap anchored to the roller bracket is pretty dark, but I just hooked it on the inside of the bracket for the inside spring and on the outside for the outside one.
You have to hold the spring end in the hole in the base plate with the vice grips while you release the strap with the other hand.
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Dave Ward
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Old 09-29-2011
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Great idea!
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Old 09-29-2011
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I just went through this dance. I couldn't find a place to pull from that took the spring in the direction I wanted it to go. What I did was to stretch the spring off the bus and when I got it to about the length I needed I put a bunch of bolts (washers of sufficient thickness would work better but I had bolts) between the spring coils and that held the spring at it's needed length to allow me to fasten it as required to the attachment points. Then I put a screw driver between each spring and twisted it and the bolts fell right out. If you aren't strong you have to be smart. I'm not either but certainly smarter then strong.

I just got my actuator piston from HWH and I hope to install it this evening. I hope that this will solve my leveler problems. If it doesn't I am going to be so disappointed I might cry. I've spent enough time "under the bus" and worked hard enough at this I deserve some success. Let ya know.

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Fear not John - it will work. It has to work. We don't want to see a grown man cry
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Old 10-03-2011
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I just recently rebuilt an HWH control solenoid and it worked. Cost was approx. $10.00.
I'm going to rebuild the one I took out so I have a spare will take pics and try to post them, if there is any interest. In the mean time if anyone has questions let me know.
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Good Work Dave!

Sorry I wasn't around to play... had to go play up North with Birds of a Feather.
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