Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It is getting hard to find good springs!

I still have two box springs to take the springs out of, and these springs will sell okay since they have the 1 1/2" top, but they will not sell as good as the other box springs do since they are the type with a V in the bottom.

My sister took me to look at two box springs on different sides of town last night that she had spotted while driving the city bus, but both of them had the square type springs in them which is no good.

I am working on some new nodder patterns for my springs that I think will be really cute, but I don't have a lot of time to play around with them since I am trying to get ready for an upcoming craft show at Dollywood in October.

These are the nodder patterns that I have ready so far:


My Springs on my website.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

I Got Some New Springs In!

We picked up three box springs last week so I want to continue my series on how to take out the springs. The box springs are a little harder to take out then the mattress springs, but they are not nearly as messy, and if you use the tricks that I am about to show you to take the springs out then the city trash will haul the empty box springs away for you.

Tools needed are:
A good set of wire cutters
A large screw driver
One set of box springs

First you need someone who drives around the city a lot to keep an eye out for box springs for you like my sister Marna who drives a KAT bus for Knoxville. She has found most of my springs for me. Then you need to check inside the box springs because there is nothing worse then bringing a box springs home in anticipation of getting some good springs out of it to discover that there is either the square springs in your find or just an empty box without any springs at all. This has happened to me many times. So again I want to say this because it is very important. Open your springs up so that you can see just what is inside before you bother loading them up to take them home. My find looked like this.

Next turn your springs up so that the chessecloth like covering is on the top, and tear it completely off if you did not take it off completely before bringing it home, and throw this piece in the trash. Next take your good wire cutters and cut at the corner where the X's are at the bottom of your springs.

Now take your big screw driver and insert it between the top of your springs and the board that it is stapled to and pull back towards you to loosen the staples that is holding the springs to the wood. When you get tired of doing that you can bang on the top of the springs with the hammer. They will come loose using both methods.

Then work the piece of wire loose or cut it loose if there is any wire still attached to your springs.

The amount of springs that you get from a box springs varies. I got 37 springs that look like the spring below from this box springs since there was some of the L shaped springs mixed in with my good ones, and I could not budge three of the springs that were in the four corners.

Now my springs are all out, and the box springs shell is still intack which is good since the city trash will not haul away any loose pieces of wood.