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Old 06-09-2016, 01:22 AM   #1
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Solution for door over microwave without hydraulic lift

Probably like most, we hated trying to get something out of the cabinet above the microwave in the 21 because it doesn't have a hydraulic lift to keep the door open. I searched everywhere and couldn't find one small enough to fit (which I assume is why ETI doesn't put one there).

But I found the next best thing - spring loaded cabinet hinges to replace the original ETI hinges. These are inside-mount hinges, so to hide the holes and indentation left by the orignal hinges, I simply cut off the tab that the door mounts to, epoxied the bit that was left of that side of the hinge so it wouldn't swing down and get in the way, and screwed it back in place. With the door closed, it looks unchanged. But pull open the door, and it stays up. Woohoo!

The hinges were cheap - $3.39US for a pair, including shipping on Ebay - 2pcs 90 Degree Concealed Kitchen Cabinet Cupboard Spring Door Hinges w Screws | eBay
I later found a slightly smaller version for $2.19US that might also work - 2pcs 90 Degree Easy Mount Concealed Kitchen Cabinet Cupboard Sprung Door Hinges | eBay - but didn't see it until after I'd ordered the larger ones, so larger one is what you see in the pictures.
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Old 06-09-2016, 01:40 AM   #2
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Very good idea! I will definately use this.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:57 AM   #3
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Now if we can just find a 180 degree hinge for the Escape 19' bath door.....
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Old 06-09-2016, 08:45 AM   #4
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Great idea Ralph, thanks for sharing it.
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I just ordered my new hinges -- thanks for the great idea!
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:48 PM   #6
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Great, thanks for this info. Are there other cabinet doors in the 21 that would benefit from this? That way I can order multiple sets, if need be.
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Old 06-09-2016, 02:54 PM   #7
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Great, thanks for this info. Are there other cabinet doors in the 21 that would benefit from this? That way I can order multiple sets, if need be.
Nope, just the one over the microwave. All the other up-swing doors have the little hydraulic lift that holds them open.
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Thanks, off to order mine right now before everyone else on this forum with a 21 does the same! I noticed only 10 sets were left when I checked a while ago.

Edit: MORE than 10 sets available. So, yeah, plenty there. Anyway, got mine ordered and it'll get stashed away with all the other stuff needed for when the trailer finally arrives. Yay!
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Anyway, got mine ordered and it'll get stashed away with all the other stuff needed for when the trailer finally arrives. Yay!
Since yours isn't built yet, you may want to consider asking ETI to leave the door off (but of course still included) so you don't have to worry about the "fake" external hinges to hide the indentation and holes. Unless you want the hinge "stubs" there for appearance. Just a thought.
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Or maybe pass the idea and information off to ETI, on the thought that they might want to utilize these in future construction.
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