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Old 11-26-2014, 10:29 PM   #1
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The two drawers in my hanging wardrobe have a habit of overcomming their latchs and slaming into the door on sharp turns knocking the door open. There is about a 2" gap between the inside of the closed door and the drawer fronts. As a temperary measure we stuffed a towel into the gap so the drawers didn't move but perhaps someone could suggest a bit more elegant fix?
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:12 PM   #2
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I don't have drawers in my half wardrobe but is there any adjustment on whatever is latching them? I found that the overhead lockers have an adjustment on the spring that holds the doors closed. Thought maybe the drawers might have something similar.
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Old 11-27-2014, 01:06 AM   #3
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I don't have drawers in my half wardrobe but is there any adjustment on whatever is latching them? I found that the overhead lockers have an adjustment on the spring that holds the doors closed. Thought maybe the drawers might have something similar.
Thanks Shark, they just have a plastic catch. I'll check them tomorrow and make sure there is no adjustment on them. If not, perhaps I can find something similiar that has more tension.
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Old 11-27-2014, 09:28 AM   #4
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I had a similar problem with the large galley drawer that kept sliding open. You can make some adjustment to those plastic latches for optimum holding power. However, it is not as good as some sort of deadbolt latch. I found a good latch for the overhead cabinets that I'm installing now. I'll post a separate thread on that mod.
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Old 11-27-2014, 09:41 AM   #5
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I've used extra latches from the child-proofing and earthquake safety area of the local big box stores. That stopped snap unloading of a couple drawers in the rear desk area of our AS during panic stops...


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I've used extra latches from the child-proofing and earthquake safety area of the local big box stores. That stopped snap unloading of a couple drawers in the rear desk area of our AS during panic stops...


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Great idea on using a child-proof latch for the drawers - thanks


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Old 11-27-2014, 09:59 AM   #7
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I used ones that stick on and hAve a short strap. Stuck one end on the side of the cabinet, then wrapped it around to the drawer front where the latch part sticks on. To open the drawer I just unlatch the end of the strap from the front. They can be peeled off carefully if you want to remove them. Has held the drawers shut in a couple tire-burning panic stops.


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Simple quality problems like that drive me crazy when you've paid good money for a vehicle.
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I have used Velcro strips to secure the kitchen draws enough so they do not open during speed bumps (South Florida) and sharp turns.


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Thanks for all the suggestions guys!
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I found a good latch for the overhead cabinets that I'm installing now. I'll post a separate thread on that mod.
Did you try adjusting the springs on the overhead doors?
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Old 11-27-2014, 12:26 PM   #13
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Turns out my drawer slides have a plastic catch mechanism built into them with no adjustment. I decided to order a couple miniature chrome cabinet latches. As for adjusting the tension on the door hinges, the door stays closed fine as long as the drawers aren't banging into it.
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Did you try adjusting the springs on the overhead doors?

The springs are plenty tight - but they will not keep the overhead doors closed if something heavy inside the cabinet pushes against the door in a dynamic situation while driving. The spring tension serves two purposes, keep the door closed and keep it open. You can make the spring tension so tight that it is difficult to open the door.

I once accidentally drove over a low curb making a left turn in my neighborhood. The violent rocking motion caused the dishes stored in the overhead to push the door open and go crashing onto the floor. I also once had one of the overhead doors come half way off in my hand while opening it. That's when I discovered that they were only attacked to the spring mechanism with 3/8" screws. I replaced them all with 3/4" screws and some Gorilla glue.
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