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Old 11-14-2014, 12:13 PM   #1
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Replacement for "Captain Hook" door handle

One of the irritating features of our 2006 19' Bambi is the lever type door handle to the head. It seems to have the uncanny knack of catching one of my belt loops ever time I pass it. I'm not the only one with this problem... there have been other threads on replacing this handle. For example:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...h-32520-2.html

But here is a way to replace the handle in about 15 minutes at a cost of less than $10. I was able to find a knob set at Lowes that will fit the striker mechanism that is part of the stock door knob set (see photo). This allows one to keep the SS cover that is under the knob set. It happened to be the cheapest one that Lowes carries. Several styles are available. The new set is designed for a minimum door width of 1 3/8" and the AS door is 1" thick. So some surgery is needed. I used my Dremel to cut 1/4" off the central spline (but not the one going to the lock) and the two screw attachment points (see pic). This allows the new knob set to fit the door perfectly.

It is also good to bend the striker plate over a bit so it does not catch someone who is passing through the door.

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Old 11-18-2014, 10:58 PM   #2
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Now that is clever! I don't have the problem (all of ours are vintage), but I sure admire your ingenuity!

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And the clarity of your instructions!

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Old 11-22-2014, 12:00 PM   #4
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Happen to have the part# for the knob set you used?
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Old 11-22-2014, 12:36 PM   #5
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Those irritating little Bambis (or is it Bambies)
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Old 11-22-2014, 03:28 PM   #6
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Lock set

Al... I think this is the one I used. No key, but it locks from the inside. Just need to turn the slot on the outside to open.

Shop Gatehouse Gallo Stainless Steel Tulip Turn-Lock Privacy Door Knob at Lowes.com

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wow - glad I stumbled on this - one of my pet peeves fr sure. . .catching that belt loop - and your documentation is stellar - are you an engineer? cheers
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Yup, darn near ripped it off one day...LOL

OMG, and I thought I was the only one.....LOL

On my 2009 Int 27FB....handle caught me so many times I finally cut it off....or bent it so it no longer projected into the aisle.

Fortunately on my current AS they have corrected this. Will look for a photo which maybe shows the mod.
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Final solution to the Captain hook

http://www.airforums.com/photos/show...i=24186&c=3389
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My solution to the same problem was even simpler. I removed the door and all its associated fitting. Easy enough to close the accordion door for privacy when required.
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Many may not realize but the claw handle is actually handicap accessible, a knob is not friendly to a large number of folks. So if you are wondering why they used it, there is a reason.
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I grew up in Germany. Claw type door handles were common. We used to talk about getting back to the land of the round door knob.
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I grew up in Germany. Claw type door handles were common. We used to talk about getting back to the land of the round door knob.
Some cities have actually mandated it as building code. We where somewhere last year where that was the case. Vancouver is one such place.
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Door handle

It would seem the new recessed handle on my latest Serenity is also handicapped useful as one can simply slide it to open the door.

And, I think I investigated changing my claw to a recessed handle and it was not possible.

The curtain worked well with the foldette doors for extra security as noted.
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