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Old 03-06-2007, 11:24 PM   #1
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Eventually these overhead cabinets will be replaced, but until then I wanted a way to keep them open so Lynne and I can easily get to the stuff inside.

These springs are about three bucks for two springs at Home Depot held in place by very small screw-in eyelets at each end.



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To lock the door open you just swing the door up, which pulls the spring straight and locking the door open.



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To close the door you just tap the spring with a thumb and it folds over, allowing the door to close.

Edited March 8th because I hate going back and finding syntax errors in my sentences . . .
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:10 AM   #2
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Great, simple and CHEAP solution to the problem. I've had an overhead door whack me in the head a time or two. Sigh, I only have the overhead cabinets over the galley. Dibbs on yours when you get ready to remove and sell 'em Peter
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:21 AM   #3
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Ingenious, Peter... simply INGENIOUS!

Great solution!

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Old 03-07-2007, 09:50 AM   #4
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Ingenious, Peter... simply INGENIOUS!

Great solution!
I can't take credit for the idea. I've seen longer, thinner springs on plexiglass "gull wing" doors and windows on light airplanes; I'm just adapting the idea to my trailer.

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Lost in the "hack" awhile ago was my posting of a marine hatch spring. A little more expensive, about $10.


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It's great. Boy you guys really sprung this on us.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:10 PM   #7
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I saw this at Bluebonnet 2006. I installed it the day after we returned home.

Its the greatest!
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It's great. Boy you guys really sprung this on us.
Now that's stretching the truth . . .
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GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!
I will apply it the the cabinet you show which is factory and to the door to it's right over the fan/light that I reversed to make it easier for short wife to access. THANK YOU!!!!
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Lost in the "hack" awhile ago was my posting of a marine hatch spring. A little more expensive, about $10.


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<span style="font-family:Comic Sans Ms"> I'm glad you brought that up, Steve!
Suz mentioned, in that same old (hacked) topic, her use of [b]drapery hooks to hold things up and/or open.


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She installed one in my Casita for just this purpose, and it works great!
(The drapery hook is stuck into the Casita's ceiling-carpet, in such a way that it catches the door's handle when the door's open.)




Yeah, yeah. I need to get an action shot so folks can see how it actually works. </span>
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