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Old 11-11-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Hanging items from interior aluminum

Folks - we have an indoor/outdoor temperature gauge we just bought and would like to affix next to the control panel in our galley kitchen. We would prefer to have a firm fit (so it can remain hung up even during trailering), thus inserting something into the aluminum (vs. a velcro patch or hook) ...

Thoughts on the best tool and accessory for this? Are we risking bigger problems down the road by taking this project on?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-11-2014, 02:44 PM   #2
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I would use double sided foam tape available in small packets at any big box store.

No holes solid mount and removable if you want. 2 1in. square pieces should be more than enough.

I have had a piece of 1/4 in. slate 5x6 hanging on the wall for 14 years and other lighter items also.

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Old 11-11-2014, 02:45 PM   #3
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Recommendation: A RivNut will hold much better than a sheet metal screw.
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Old 11-11-2014, 03:13 PM   #4
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The command products from 3M stick forever (or at least years) and are removable without leaving any residue. We hang our indoor outdoor thermometer with that as well as christmas lights in the season.
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Old 11-11-2014, 03:14 PM   #5
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I'm guessing that you have a smooth aluminum interior wall. We do the same thing with our indoor/outdoor thermometer but we have the mousefur covering. A small piece of adhesive sided velcro on the unit sticks nicely to the mousefur and works great.
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Old 11-11-2014, 03:15 PM   #6
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I would second the command products. We have a clock hanging on one and have traveled many miles with the clock hanging from it and never falling. I found this out by accident.
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Old 11-11-2014, 03:17 PM   #7
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3rd for command strips. EVERYTHING in our AS is hung with Command Strips. Never move.

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Old 11-11-2014, 03:31 PM   #8
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I would use automotive grade two-sided foam tape. it will hold your temperature gauge firmly. It is easily removable by using a little liquid lighter fluid (naphtha).

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Old 11-11-2014, 04:11 PM   #9
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Used the heavy duty Velcro as well as VHB. When I sold my trailer a few weeks ago I was able to remove everything without any problem. A quick blow with my heat gun and it came off like it had never been there.
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Old 11-11-2014, 10:14 PM   #10
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Thanks guys - very very helpful -

Picked up 3M double sided from Home Depot - will keep you posted if its not a good fit ...
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Old 11-12-2014, 10:51 AM   #11
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I'm guess I'm the contrarian. I'd use rivits on a tab of aluminum. It's classy, easy, permanent and native to the airstream. Rivit guns are inexpensive and easy to use. Any one with an airstream should own rivit gun anyway.
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Old 11-12-2014, 12:05 PM   #12
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I use this for hanging pictures, plaques, etc and I love it!
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