Springs in Your Home
There is something fascinating about a spring. Springs are flexible, yet strong, and have the ability to bounce back no matter how much pressure or pull you place on them. Of course, some weaker springs will break under too much tension, but some springs seem to resist any interference or tampering.
If you look around you, it is easy to see just how prevalent springs are in our modern lives. Take a tour of your house and see how many different uses of springs you see. You may be surprised at how important springs are to your everyday life. Just inside your house, springs are used in the following areas:
Door stops and opening devices: Springs are used on your door to help open and close the door, and to keep the doorknob from crashing into the wall. These springs provide a service that you are probably not even aware of on a daily basis.
Weighing: Any weighing device likely uses a spring to control the scale and weight measuring device. Products from your bathroom scale to a food scale both use a series of springs to measure weight.
Clocks: Clocks use springs to operate the mechanics of the clock hands. Old-fashioned winding clocks use more springs than battery-operated clocks, but nearly every clock and time-telling device uses some kind of spring inside.
Light switches: Light switches use springs to prevent them from switching on and off on their own. Weak light switches may have a broken or worn out spring mechanism inside.
Mouse traps: Mouse traps rely on a heavy duty spring to hold the bar back until it is triggered. The spring releases when the trap is triggered, bringing the bar down quickly onto the wayward mouse.
Furniture: Your furniture contains a myriad of spring types, including chairs, sofas, beds, mattresses, and box springs.