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Q: Minature Metal Springs ( Answered,   1 Comment )
Subject: Minature Metal Springs
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: gatsby123-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 05 Apr 2003 09:39 PST
Expires: 05 May 2003 10:39 PDT
Question ID: 186440
Looking to purchase a steel metal spring, size 1 inch long and 1/8 inch wide

Request for Question Clarification by feilong-ga on 05 Apr 2003 10:04 PST
Hi Gatsby123,

Can you please tell us if you need a specific source (online, U.S.
only, international, etc.) and how many do you need? If you have other
helpful details to add, please do so. The more details you give, the
better we can help you.


Request for Question Clarification by livioflores-ga on 05 Apr 2003 14:15 PST
Also if there are other specifications like internal tension, etc.

Clarification of Question by gatsby123-ga on 07 Apr 2003 12:40 PDT
I have a bird cage that was manufactured by Animal Environments
located in Carlsbad, Ca. It is my understanding that they have gone
out of business. I either need a new lock assembly piece or else a
minature steel spring that is encased in the lock, The speing is 1
inch by 1/8 inch. There is a company named Rainforect Cages located in
Altadena, Ca., when I spoke to them they said that they were waiting
for parts from Animal Enviroments, but didn't know when that would be.

I need a spring or full lock asembly now,
Subject: Re: Minature Metal Springs
Answered By: feilong-ga on 07 Apr 2003 14:19 PDT
Hi Gatsby123,

From what I found in my search, buying a spring, especially when you
need a specific type, is not as easy as it seems. Even if I find the
right length and width that you specified, there are still many things
to consider such as spring type, type of metal, number of coils, wire
diameter, tolerance, tension, etc. You can clearly see what I mean by
exploring the site below. The company specializes in many spring types
and is based in California. You can try contacting the company. They
may be able to locate a dealer nearest you.

Century Spring Corp.
"Manufacturer of 35,000 different designs of springs."

You can also visit hardware stores in your area. The best thing for
you to do, given the factors above, is to bring a sample of the spring
that you need. They may have that kind of spring in stock.

Although Animal Environments may have gone out of business as you
mentioned, they could probably still be contacted, which is indicated
by the reply you received from Rainforest Cages. To be sure, try to
contact them.

Animal Environments
1954 Kellogg Ave., Suite B
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 438-4442
Fax: (760) 438-6636

The company below may also be able to help you. They supply cage
accessories and do custom cages and installations. If they can't
provide the spring, they may be able to provide a replacement lock
assembly. This company is also located in California.

Swellands Cage and Supply Co.
312 13th St.
Ramona, CA. 92065
Phone: (760) 789-3572
Fax:    (760) 789- 2994
Orders only: 1-800-662-2089

You can also try this next link. It has a long list of cages and
aviary manufacturers.

Birds n Ways

You can also try searching through the results of my search strategy

Search strategy:

birdcage lock california buy

springs supplier california

I hope this helps you. If you have any comments/questions, please feel
free to post your clarification before rating this and I'll attend to
you as soon as possible. Thanks for asking.

Best regards,
Subject: Re: Minature Metal Springs
From: liner-ga on 07 Apr 2003 15:11 PDT
As someone who works in the industrial sector, I have had contact with
many spring manufacturers.  I can be almost categorical in stating
that there is no such thing as a standard spring.

You _could_ have a single spring wound to your specifications, but you
would not like the cost.  So, your best bet is to just keep your eyes
open for something that can be cannibilized to work in your job.

It is unfortunate that there is nothing better to offer.

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