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Old 05-22-2007, 03:12 PM   #1
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OK, I need to know how to replace the awning arms on my A&?E awning, Pretty sure its the basic 8500 model. I know when I take off the top bracket on the torsion tube there is a lot of spring pressure on that. How do you lock this so it does not lose its tension? There is a small pinhole on the side of the torsion tube, am I supposed to put something in there to lock it down? If so how long does it have to be? Any and all tips/info greatly appreciated.

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OK, I need to know how to replace the awning arms on my A&?E awning, Pretty sure its the basic 8500 model. I know when I take off the top bracket on the torsion tube there is a lot of spring pressure on that. How do you lock this so it does not lose its tension? There is a small pinhole on the side of the torsion tube, am I supposed to put something in there to lock it down? If so how long does it have to be? Any and all tips/info greatly appreciated.

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Jay,
A long heavy cotter pin, I think 1/8 inch does it. That hole will go all the way through so you may have to unroll the awning a short way to get the hole in the spring shaft lined up. After that, it goes easy.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bill1374:
Jay,
A long heavy cotter pin, I think 1/8 inch does it. That hole will go all the way through so you may have to unroll the awning a short way to get the hole in the spring shaft lined up. After that, it goes easy.

Bill </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hmmm The hole in the end cap seems awfully tiny for a 1/8" cotter pin - I'll take another look tonite but all I could get in there before was a small brad, and then it had to be short as the arm interfered with putting it straight in. The awning is all the way out now..
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When I worked on my A&E I had to use a nail.. tried a pin punch but it wasn't long enough..
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