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Old 06-13-2012, 10:42 AM   #1
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Sofa Door 2001 Safari 25 foot

We have a hinged 6 foot door under the sofa which hides three storage bins. The plastic connectors at each end have broken. Tried hook/eyes which got tangled and had to break to get it open. Then tried magnets - too weak. Am looking into Neodymium magnets with 10 lb pull force 7/8" round yet I worry that the door will not support the pull force to open and close without the screws flying out! I'm guessing the fabric covered door board is 1/2 inch plywood. Any thoughts if I am heading in the right direction or any other suggestions (husband out-of-town!!) THANKS IN ADVANCE! Lynn

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Old 06-13-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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What about the cabinet child safety magnet lock? It is a basic latch that is held into place until a magnet releases it from the outside. It is a bit of an inconvenience, but for $10 it would hold it shut no problem and then have little to no force needed to open it. (just don't loose your magnet)

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Have you considered Velcro? Not too much, or it will be very hard to open, but just the right amount may work.
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These 'grabber latches' are used to hold the doors closed on newer trailers. They are available from out of doors mart for $6.95. I just ordered one yesterday.

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Hi, when I remodeled my living room, I recovered my gaucho and the door; My door was more like 1/8" and it broke, but still looks good and still works. Your's being older might have a thicker board, but I doubt it.

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Old 06-13-2012, 04:53 PM   #6
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Thank you for your suggestions. I did try Velcro also but with whatever heat it would not stick against the fabric backing. I will look into the Grabber Latches - just seems like more plastic to break eventually. I appreciate all of your input!

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