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Old 05-16-2017, 10:05 AM   #1
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How to keep a cabinet door shut?

Coming home yesterday, for the second time, my middle cabinet door (in the kitchen area, next to the frig area) popped open while traveling. The first time, two heavy water containers were inside - forgot to move them to the truck when I left, so my fault!

Shoved everything back in and went on my merry way. Minus the water containers, of course.

This time around there wasn't any heavy water containers inside the cabinet. Just the usual stuff that hasn't caused any problems in the past.

I think it happened when I was coming down Snoqualmie Pass and hit the horribly repaired potholes. OMG - if you get seasick you do NOT want to drive in the far right lane coming down I-90. OMG - it was horrible. Super bumpy and all that. I was following a class A and knew I needed to slow down even more when they hit their brakes. OMG

I fully expect to hit bumpy roads again, as well as that section of I-90 as I'll be zipping over to Spokane multiple times in the future.

I kind of wanna keep my cabinet doors closed while traveling as it's not fun finding stuff strewn all over the floor when you get home.

So, I know this has been shown before, but it's hard to find stuff (many times) using the Search feature. Please post photos and/or very good descriptions of how you have solved this problem. I shall ponder it and come up with a solution that works for me. And doesn't drive me nuts with looking dorky.

Thanks folks.

PS, what I found interesting, in probably a weird way, is that both times the door was shut tight when discovered. So, I figure it opened long enough to fling some stuff around and closed on the next bump. But not everything inside fell out. Weird.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:18 AM   #2
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Laura, Check on items for child-proofing kitchen and bathroom cabinets. They usually let the door open an inch or so, just enough to reach in and release a secondary "hidden" latch.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:18 AM   #3
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We haven't (yet) had this problem, but I did the Google site search for "cabinet doors shut" and came up with this promising thread:

Keeping the Cabinets Closed.

Hope it's what you were hoping for.
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Old 05-16-2017, 10:38 AM   #4
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Instead of putting something on the outside that's even semi-permanent and may be Fugly to boot, I think I'd get tension rods and use those on the inside of the cabinets. Those will prevent items from hitting the cupboard door and pushing it open.
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:13 AM   #5
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Thanks Folks! I read that other thread. Not going the bungie cord route, thank you very much. Or the zip ties. Too fugly for me.

Never thought of child safety locks, but doubt I'll try that as the few times I've used (at someone else's place) those they drove me nuts. Never having kids (or cats that were adapt at opening cabinets) I'm not used to using 'em. They're good at keeping me out of cabinets!

I do like the idea of the tension rods though. I'll also look have Dirk take a gander at those magnet latches mentioned in the other thread. I look at stuff like that and think "yeah, whatever" while he's either impressed or tells me it won't work for me.

So, yeah, if anyone else has any other ideas, please submit 'em. I learn something new each time I take the trailer out. Stuff that works and stuff that needs some improvement. And, of course, more stuff that I need and I'm sure Amazon will provide me with.
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Old 05-16-2017, 11:20 AM   #6
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Thanks Folks! I read that other thread. Not going the bungie cord route, thank you very much. Or the zip ties. Too fugly for me.

Never thought of child safety locks, but doubt I'll try that as the few times I've used (at someone else's place) those they drove me nuts. Never having kids (or cats that were adapt at opening cabinets) I'm not used to using 'em. They're good at keeping me out of cabinets!

I do like the idea of the tension rods though. I'll also look have Dirk take a gander at those magnet latches mentioned in the other thread. I look at stuff like that and think "yeah, whatever" while he's either impressed or tells me it won't work for me.

So, yeah, if anyone else has any other ideas, please submit 'em. I learn something new each time I take the trailer out. Stuff that works and stuff that needs some improvement. And, of course, more stuff that I need and I'm sure Amazon will provide me with.
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I'd use a thingie.
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I'd use a thingie.
Being a male, you would use a thingy. Thingie is the feminine form of the word.
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Yes, but *which* thingie is the correct thingie to use in this situation? There are lots of thingies out there and not all of them might be applicable to this situation. You need to use thingie in a much better context than you currently are.
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