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Figure 268 Type F Spring Can

Designed for use under a base elbow or piping that must be supported directly from the floor. If more than 1⁄4″ of horizontal translation occurs of loads resting on the flat load flange or other flat surface junction between the type F spring hanger and the load, a double roller design pipe roll is recommended. Pipe rolls, as illustrated, will be furnished on request. For dimension of the pipe roll, refer to Fig. 271. Refer to Fig. 77SD for special slide base design.

Base type variable springs will be furnished with an extended load column on special order. Guided Load Columns and roller are available on request. Adjustment to the required load rating is made by inserting a bar into holes provided in the load column and turning the column. The 2″ increment between minimum and maximum “X” dimensions is the amount of field adjustment available and is in excess of the amount required for load adjustment.


    Type F Spring Can

    Fig 268 Type F Spring Pipe Roll

    Fig 268 Type F Spring Pipe Roll Dimensions and Loads

    Fig 268 Type F Spring Can Weights and Dimensions

    * Hanger take-out or installed height. With pipe movement up, cold to hot, installed height should be the mid-point between the minimum and maximum “X” dimension, plus thickness of load flange. With pipe movement down, cold to hot installed height should be mid-point between the minimum and maximum “X” dimension, plus the amount of vertical movement and load flange thickness. Note: Sizes 16″ and larger are furnished with a hexagon nut at the top of a solid load column to facilitate adjustment with a wrench.

  • How to use hanger selection table: In order to choose a proper size hanger, it is necessary to know the actual load which the spring is to support and the amount and direction of the pipe line movement from the cold to the hot position. Find the actual load of the pipe in the load table. As it is desirable to support the actual weight of the pipe when the line is hot, the actual load is the hot load. To determine the cold load, read the spring scale, up or down, for the amount of expected movement. The chart must be read opposite from the direction of the pipe’s movement. The load arrived at is the cold load. If the cold load falls outside of the working load range of the hanger selected, relocate the actual or hot load in the adjacent column and find the cold load. When the hot and cold loads are both within the working range of a hanger, the size number of that hanger will be found at the top of the column.

    Should it be impossible to select a hanger in a particular series such that both loads occur within the working range, consideration should be given to a variable spring hanger with a wider working range or a constant support hanger. The cold load is calculated by adding (for up movement) or subtracting (for down movement) the product of spring rate times movement to or from the hot load.

    Cold load = (hot load) ± (movement) x (spring rate) A key criteria in selecting the size and series of a variable spring is a factor known as variability. This is a measurement of the percentage change in supporting force between the hot and cold positions of a spring and is calculated from the formula:

    Variability = (Movement) x (Spring Rate) / (Hot Load) If an allowable variability is not specified, good practice would be to use 25% as recommended by MSS-SP-58.

    Spring Can Series Selection Table Size 0-9

    Spring Can Series Selection Table Size 10-22

    General rule for series selection use Fig. 82 for up to 1⁄2″ of movement, up to 1″ use Fig. B-268, up to 2″ use Fig. 98, up to 3″ use a Triple, up to 4″ use a Quadruple. Double check to assure desired variability is achieved.


    Fig 268 Type F Spring Can Installation Drawing 1

    Fig 268 Type F Spring Can Installation Drawing 2

    Fig 268 Type F Spring Can Installation Drawing 3

    Fig 268 Type F Spring Can Installation Drawing 4

    The above drawings represent some common installations of the pipe support represented on this page. Installation types and configurations are not limited to the drawings above, but should always follow the manufacturers guidelines for application and installation.


    The functional design of the pre-compressed variable spring hanger permits the incorporation of a two-piece travel stop that locks the hanger spring against upward or downward movement for temporary conditions of underload or overload. The complete travel stop, the up travel stop only for cold set purposes or the down travel stop only which may be employed during erection, hydrostatic test (Anvil permits a hydrostatic test load of 2 times the normal operating load for the spring hanger) or chemical cleanout will be furnished only when specified. The travel stop is painted red and is installed at the factory with a caution tag attached calling attention that the device must be removed before the pipe line is put in service. Permanently attached travel stops available upon request.

    Spring Can Travel Stop


    Once installed in the line; the hanger should be adjusted until the load indicator moves to the white button marked “C” (cold position). On inspection of the system, after a reasonable period of operation, the load indicator should be at the red button marked “H” (hot position). If it is not, the hanger should be readjusted to the hot position. No other adjustment is necessary.

Note: All material included on this page is informational only, and should not be used as one’s sole source for design purposes. STS Industrial, Inc. and its affiliates do not guarantee the accuracy of the information on this site, and retain no liability for the use or misuse of the information contained on this site.

Sources: Anvil International Pipe Hangers and Supports, Carpenter and Paterson Pipe Support Hardware