Here is a quick post of a before and after shot of a William Newman & Sons Patent Invincible Number 248 floor spring with a pneumatic check. I will post a more in depth report about these in the near future.
Yesterday night I visited the Walker Art Gallery part of the Liverpool Museum, where I met John, the lovely Jane and Tony. Whilst there I exchanged a none working (Piston problem) Meteor for one of our stock closers.
'One of the finest art galleries in Europe, the Walker Art Gallery is home to renaissance masterpieces, Tudor portraits and one of the best collections of Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art in the country.
For 130 years it has housed Liverpool’s most outstanding art collection. Many of the gallery’s most important works have been on display in the city for nearly 200 years.
The gallery also has an outstanding display of contemporary art including work by David Hockney, Lucian Freud and Bridget Riley.'
Do you see how someone has offset the Meteor in the box, to try and make up for wear?
A shaky drive by shot of the main entrance doors that had some none working 150 year old Climax's. I hope that these are noticed and I will be asked to save them.
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Not too much to say about the 7004 other than it was manufactured and supplied by Newman Tonks, it is blue, it is broken, it is not as old as many on here, it is from Nottingham Magistrates Court and M.F.S. replaced it.
I consider myself to be very privaleged to work in some of the places I do. These next shots are from St Peters RC Church, Bloxwich and the floor springs were originally supplied by Parker, Winder & Achurch of Birmingham in the 1880's.
In all we serviced and repaired eight various models of the 600, the majority of which had the square Showell pin.
Two of the 600's were behind a plaster wall, boarded up we believe 20 to 30 years ago. It was a good feeling to put these floor springs and the doors back in to commission.
These next two lead in to the Church from the entrance hall.
These next shots are with the above doors behind you going toward the alter.
From the alter back toward the main entrance doors.
Side entrance doors.
M.F.S also put back in to service two more doors leading from the entrance to the outside that had at some time had the pins sawn off and a surface mounted closer fitted. We were able to maufacture pins and therefore we did away with the surface mounted closers.
On this contract we also turned none hold open 600's in to hold open 600's with parts from our stock.
Thanks to Tim, Father Bob and Teresa.
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They say you learn a new thing every day and maybe that is true? Even after my many years of working with floor springs they can still be a challenge. I have recently learned how to take a none hold open Meteor and turn it in to a hold open Meteor and vice versa.
This was for an enquiry I have had from the Walker Art Gallery situated in the Liverpool Museum.
Interestingly the case split open along the horizontal axis.
Whenever I get stressed I go to my work shop and repair a floor spring. This one is an Edwardian period, early, heavy duty Singlo from Parker Winder & Achurch. It was in a very bad state of repair and I struggled to get it up and running as I had no spares for this one.
Although the Singlo had some wear to take care of the above shot shows one of the worse problems I come across. Through over tightening of the adjustment needle in an attempt, by the none experienced, to slow the door speed they inadvertently snap the adjuster leaving it in the barrel of the piston.
On this rare occasion the remnants came out after using a fine stud extractor and some heat.
You should also be able to see in this shot the corrosion and pitting, luckily only on the outside of the piston barrel, caused by water getting into the case.
Pictures and assistance today from Connor, Thanks!
Yesterday I visited Manchester Crown Court to attend a floor spring problem. I will not name the manufacturer of the floor spring here but suffice to say it was a modern one, unfortunately the originals had been removed.
I see this happening quite a lot and it is such a shame because I know the modern one had been in the ground for far less years than some on this blog, it was not even closing the door of a main thoroughfare. Not the worse modern closer I have come across, that one lasted less than 6 months and maybe just testament to how well things were once made?
Anyway it is now on its way to make milk bottle tops or some other such sturdy product!
I have covered the Climax a number of times in this blog however here is a Climax I have recently come across that is different to the ones I have previously mentioned.
The main differences are the size and the spring configuration. In this version of the Climax the springs are compressed as opposed to expanded as they are in the previous blog posts regarding the Climax.
A little heat was required to loosen these stubborn machine screws. They are quarter Whitworth if you were wondering, here is a link to the story behind the Whitworth thread.
And a link to the story of Joseph Whitworth.
As can be seen there is extensive wear to the wheel on the pin that transfers the left/right motion of the door to the up/down motion that compresses the springs.
This was filled with weld and then reground.
As can be seen in the above comparative shots this Climax is smaller than the one used for external doors.
Just a quick blog post this evening regarding a pair of Wares & Bartlett Ltd supplied Marquess floor springs. The pistons in both these floor springs were not working due to wear and both closers had lost their centres for the same reason.
The two Marquess door closers were from a very large building owned by the Salvation Army, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.
M.F.S swapped these two hold open floor springs from our stock.
As can be seen the doors are now centred and closing correctly.
As there is so little information out there with regard to door closers, especially vintage and antique model floor springs, I thought I would start this blog.