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Old 11-12-2015, 01:43 PM   #1
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Gas Spring Question

I had to raise the front section of the OSB bed support while working on an electrical problem. After I replaced the ply, I went to lower the rear portion and for some reason the gas spring props both locked open and I can't seem to push them back down. How do I unlock them?
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AS far as I know, there is no lock on a gas spring. What brand are they?
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AS far as I know, there is no lock on a gas spring. What brand are they?
SUSPA 80 psi. Thanks.
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I have never heard of them having a locked open position either. Usually if they fail they won't support any weight at all. Could something else be binding?
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Yes some gas springs have a mechanical lock. Our hot tub cover has them. Basically a sleeve over the rod that springs over and locks. Must release the lock to lower.
Have not seen them in use on a bed though.
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Problem solved! I emailed the manufacturer, who said that this was a weekly question. Said to load up the bed with the bedding and shove on the end of the bed and the springs will retract - which they did. Thanks to All for your input.
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That was a problem with our bed lift system. It was hard to raise and sometime harder to close.

I have since added a 12 volt electric actuator that "assists" in raising the bed and pulling it back down. It has a wireless remote so now my wife can raise and lower the bed without me being there. I installed this about ~4 years ago and it has worked pretty well. If I would to it again I would just install 2 of the actuators and eliminate the gas struts.
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Pictures and data on electric actuators, please
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