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Old 01-14-2007, 10:05 AM   #1
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Replacing credenza and lower tambour doors

I have repaired and replaced all of my tambour doors except in the credenza, control center and under the sink counters. It looks like I need to take the counter tops off and/or do some significant dissassembly to get at them. Has anybody out there tacked this? Any advice?

FYI I was pretty successful on the other overhead and under bed tambours. I salvaged the old ones by first putting strips of aluminum tape at right angles to the tambour about every 9" and then adding a layer of nylon packcloth backing with contact cement. The packcloth I got from Rockywoods Fabrics in Colorado. The tabour doors under the sink and in the credenza are too far gone to salvage, so I will probably buy a new sheet of tambour material.

Also if anyone out there has any extra anodized aluminum handles? I am interested $.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:43 AM   #2
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I took apart the sink cabinet and fridge cabinet in my 71 a while back.
It looks like alot of work, but if you're systematic, than it is quite easy. And you are right, it is best to at least partially disassemble the cabinets to get at the tambour hardware.
In my case, I found added benefit in being able to clean thoroughly behind the cabinets, eliminating a major source of odor, as I found out after doing the repairs. Also found a very small drip from a water line under the sink.
Prepare for a small " can of worms" whenever you start disassembly of a vintage Airstream.
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Thanks Uwe,
Haven't found any worms yet, just mice.
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