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Old 04-04-2018, 06:44 PM   #1
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Door Grab Handle

Ho-humm, waiting for the flooring for my kitchen reno to arrive, waiting for my security camera system to arrive, what little project can I do to wile away my time?

I know, I found a piece of 1/2" stainless tube when I was cleaning up stuff, maybe I'll make a grab handle for the door. We've been in windy places where trying to control the door was almost impossible with the little handle.

I know several folks have installed a ready made handle but I haven't come across one and I always do things the hard way.

Luckily I have a tube bender for 1/2" tube so, wham bam, one door handle. By popular request, from my wife, the handle is horizontal so that if the door is open it'll be easy to reach a part of the handle and pull the door closed when you're inside.

I was happy that the f.g. was thicker than I expected so that's good and I also used adhesive to bond the base plates to the f.g. Feels solid as a rock.

The only problem that I can see happening is that it'll get used as a dish towel rack and the one time I really need to grab the handle in a hurry my fingers will slip off because of whatever's on it. Note; must tell wifey that it's not a towel rack.

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Old 04-04-2018, 06:53 PM   #2
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I wish I could do stuff with metal like that. You glued the plates (with four corner holes) to the door? What adhesive, and If I made a grab bar from wood would it hold as well?
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Old 04-04-2018, 07:13 PM   #3
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Duuude, just make a smaller, thinner bar that hangs from that one for the dish towel. Another fun project and problem solved!
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Old 04-04-2018, 07:53 PM   #4
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A very nice and professional looking modification
Does the bar have a polished or brushed finish ?
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Old 04-04-2018, 08:04 PM   #5
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Will it clear the screen?
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Old 04-04-2018, 08:07 PM   #6
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Will it clear the screen?
With Ron in the designer seat, is there any doubt?
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Old 04-04-2018, 08:33 PM   #7
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My trailer came with a simple grab handle on the door. I can only guess it was dropped because it would interfere with the sliding screen ( mine is a bifold screen ).
Very handy when opening the door in gale-force winds.
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Old 04-04-2018, 09:03 PM   #8
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Fine work as always, Ron.

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You glued the plates (with four corner holes) to the door?
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I was happy that the f.g. was thicker than I expected so that's good and I also used adhesive to bond the base plates to the f.g. Feels solid as a rock.
From Ron's description and the photos I assume that the holes are used for rivets or self-tapping screws, in addition to the adhesive.

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The only problem that I can see happening is that it'll get used as a dish towel rack and the one time I really need to grab the handle in a hurry my fingers will slip off because of whatever's on it. Note; must tell wifey that it's not a towel rack.
It looks like you now need to make even more convenient towel racks.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:10 PM   #9
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Very nice, Ron. We miss being able to attach useful things to the door as we could on our 1G 17B. 2G 19 screen door is nice but eliminates some options for utility. Would love an auxiliary handle on our new door but haven’t figured out how to yet.
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Old 04-04-2018, 10:27 PM   #10
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I want to see how Red Green would solve this handle issue
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