They probably are bonded at only one end; it's the nature of the beast.
There used to be little flat squares of graphite laden cloth and ?? that one
could put between the leaves to lessen the friction, eliminate squeaks, etc.
You could also have the shorter leaf bent almost straight so that it only
applied itself when the main leaf was about to revert. It's a little
spookier since the heating and cooling affect the temper. There used to be
lots of blacksmiths that knew all about adjusting leaf springs. It is
easier for the non-smith to add capacity with extra leaves, helper coils, or
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark" <marka@...>
Sent: Thursday, April 07, 2005 4:24 AM
Subject: [bolger] Re: cushioned trailer bunks
> Thanks for the idea, Roger.
> I was hoping not to go that far, and aren't even sure it can be done.
> These are what they call 'slipper springs'. Just two thin leaves, one is
> partial on the
> underside. There's a clip going round one end of the pair to bind them;
> the other end has
> none, so I think the supplemental leaf must be bonded on somehow. Can't be
> just the shape
> that keeps it there.
> Lighter springs may be available. But the expense brings this rig into the
> zone of false
> economy. On the other hand, if it saves the boat a beating, could be worth
> it now.
> Guess I'll look for some 8 or 10 inch boat fenders.
> Roger Derby wrote:
>> Take a leaf out of each spring?
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> > I've got a little HB utility trailer that's so stiff it knocks the
>> > stuff
>> > right out of a
>> > boat.
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