DIY Tension Spring Spreader..... for working on front load washing machines.
To work on a front load washer, door seal or lock, one needs to remove the wire/spring clamp from the rubber door seal. It can be removed easily but reinstalling it can be a nightmare, it requires the spring to be extended while slipping the wire around and into a slot.
They sell a tension spring tool for about $45.00 CAN, I made one for about $20.00 and it can still be used as wood clamp in the shop. See attached photo.
I bought a Dewalt 6 inch Trigger Clamp, took out the pin and reversed the trigger, it now becomes a spreader.
Cut the sharp ends off of 2 - 2 inch nails and file a small groove at the ends, they become the spreader posts.
To attach the posts, drill 3 or 4 small holes thru the plastic clamps, then use some wire to fix the posts securely, you may also us some tape to hold the post when there is no tension on the posts.
As you squeeze the trigger it expands the spring, the wire/spring clamp was reinstalled within 30 seconds without damaging the rubber seal.
Now that the washer is repaired I will put the clamp to work in my shop.