Do use standard gas springs rod down.
If springs are to be stored prior to use, the spring should be stored rod down to lubricate the seal.
Do try to use ball joints to help avoid side load forces.
If eye (clevises) are used ensure a sloppy fit to allow lateral movement.
Do ensure that the end fittings are in line so that side load forces are not applied as a result of misalignment.
Do try to use shorter springs close to the hinge rather thanlong stroke springs away from the hinge.
Do provide physical stops to limit the springs extremes.
i.e. ensure that undue force is not applied to over compress or over extend the spring.
Ensure the gas springs end fittings are fully screwed home.
Where ball joints are used ensure the ball stud is flush with the surface and tightened.
Do not scratch, dent, chip, bend or paint the rod.
Do not puncture or incinerate. IGS provides a disposal service at minimal cost.
Do not lubricate the gas spring.
Do not cycle more than 15 times per minute.
Under no circumstances attempt to regas a spring.
This is an extremely hazardous operation.
Do not allow external objects to exert side load forces on the gas spring or on the end fittings.