How To Fit Gas Struts To Just About... Anything!

Gas struts are not just found on vehicles, they are also being increasingly used in many, many applications. They are being found fitted to agricultural machinery doors, boat openings, beds with under storage, caravan storage compartments- if it opens, chances are, you can fit a gas strut to it!

So here at SGS Engineering, we've created a How To video, to show How To Fit Gas Struts To Just About... Anything! In this particular video, we are 'upcycling' a piece of furniture which is a foot stool.

Gas struts are a really useful invention, and provide lifting power, a smooth gliding opening and closing, and most importantly support the weight of the opening.

Watch our video above to find out how to fit, to get some inspiration- and have a think about what you could fit gas struts to.

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    00:15: Go on the internet and go to www.sgs-engineering.com
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    00:27: Hover your cursor over ‘Gas Struts’ and click ‘Free Design Service’.
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    00:37: Select the appropriate gas strut application for your needs.
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    00:45: Fill in the online form.
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    01:12 : Once ordered, we custom manufacture the gas struts and dispatch them to you next working day.
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    01:23: Once your struts arrive, you will have the following: Gas struts, brackets, fixings and mounting instructions.
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    01:34: You will need these items to fit your gas struts: A tape measure or ruler, suitable screws to affix the brackets, a drill with a pre-drilling bit, a drill crosshead/flathead or screwdriver, a pen to mark where to screw.
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    01:54: For this How To video, we will be fitting gas struts to a foot stool. Consult your mounting instructions before starting, as different applications will have varying positions for the brackets.
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    02:05: Securely prop open to the desired opening angle.
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    02:16: Measure back from the hinge to the length given in your mounting instructions, and mark with a pen.
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    02:29: Take the bracket shown, mark with a pen, pre-drill, and attach with screws.
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    03:23: Next, take the top bracket and screws ready to attach to the opening item.
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    03:30: Using slight force, push the top bracket onto the ball socket end.
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    03:55: Get a pen, and mark the top bracket top hole, on the top part of the opening panel.
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    04:04: Gently twist off the top bracket off the gas strut, to allow you to affix the bracket to the top panel.
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    04:14: Again, using a pen, mark the bottom screw hole of the top bracket.
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    04:20: Pre-drill the top bracket holes that you marked with a pen.
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    04:29: Attach the top bracket with screws.
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    04:40: You can now attach your gas strut to the brackets.
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    04:57: If you need to align the end fittings with the brackets, grip the fatter part of the strut and rotate it until the ends are aligned correctly.
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    05:08: Make sure you attach the retaining clip around the neck of each ball socket, to retain the gas strut in place.
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    05:32: You can now remove any supporting prop.
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    05:38: Repeat the previous process of fitting a gas strut, onto the opposite side of the opening item. Gas struts should always be fitted as a matched pair to prevent unequal forces between the two struts, which causes side loading and premature failure of the struts.
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    06:01: You will find that you won’t be able to close the item at this point. Now we'll show you how to adjust the strut.
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    06:17: You will need the hex key supplied for gas strut adjustment.
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    06:28: Open the grub screw valve for 1 second to release pressure from the strut. Close the valve. Repeat the process on the second strut.
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    06:39: Keep checking between short bursts of gas strut pressure release, to see if the item will close.
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    06:45: Keep adjusting the gas struts, in 1 second bursts to see if the item will close.
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    06:50: Once adjustment of the gas struts is done, your item should open and close smoothly.
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