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Old 03-13-2018, 12:08 PM   #31
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We have had the under sink storage door open on our new 21. Basically, the large, nesting pot system (Magma) had shifted and pushed open the door.

Rather than work on better latching for the door, I’m going to fasten down the Magma pot set. I have seen solutions on this forum such as small cleats and someone even posted a hold down strap system. If I secure the pots, then everything else behind them will also be held.

Other than this episode, I have not had my doors, drawers or fridge open.


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Old 03-13-2018, 12:12 PM   #32
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I have a couple of sets of 'refrigerator bars' to hold back items in cupboards. There's even singles available. They work on tension, come in brown or white. I like that nothing is permanently attached. I think ETI even sells them in their merchandise store.
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Old 03-13-2018, 12:44 PM   #33
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I had similar ( Camco ) bars that didn't work for me, even at the highest tension I could achieve. I cut an X in the plastic end caps so the rods fit over a screw installed in the cupboard. Still didn't work as advertised.
I was trying to secure the shallow cabinet under the sink in my 17B.
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Old 03-13-2018, 04:47 PM   #34
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These fit the ends of the tension bars and will fer sure keep them in place!



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Old 03-13-2018, 04:54 PM   #35
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The problem with those brackets is that the cupboard in question is very shallow and when mounted, those brackets move the rod back from the opening, reducing the depth even more.
I finally installed a piece of 1/2" X 1/2" molding along the bottom of the cupboard, which prevents cans and bottles from coming up against the cupboard door. Seems to have helped.
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:33 PM   #36
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Old 03-15-2018, 12:54 PM   #37
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We didn't want bungees or straps draped across doors and drawers, so...

For the bathroom and fridge doors I made up a couple of aluminum clips. Each one is just 2 pieces of 1" Boeing Surplus angle aluminum, 1/16" thick, bolted together back-to-back, with a couple of keyhole slots drilled and filed in them. They slip down over a couple of shouldered wood screws that are spaced out from the door jambs with a few washers for the fridge and a piece of 1/4" oak for the bathroom door to set the depth, then fine tuned with a few (currently ill-trimmed) layers of duct tape so the door edges just barely brush up against the clips so nothing gets scratched up. Granted, the chrome-plated acorn nuts are somewhat heavy-handed, but just using raw nuts made it all look pretty crude. And applying some oak wood-grain edging tape or even just painting the bare aluminum a medium brown color would help a lot with the appearance. When we're not traveling, all that's visible are the screw heads so it's not too visually imposing.

For the opposing cabinet doors, I just made some door handle slide-ons out of 3/16" birch plywood. As is often the case, what was quick and dirty and temporary became quick and dirty and permanent - I just threw on some stain and called them done.

The drawers and the closet door will each get a couple of extra snappy-grabbers when I get around to it, although we've not yet had drawer-opening problems.
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Old 03-15-2018, 02:03 PM   #38
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love the little wood cupboard handle holders ! wish i had some!
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