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Old 03-24-2019, 11:01 AM   #1
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Gas struts installed on cabinet door above fridge

This is an easy project. It is slightly frustrating to access the overhead cabinet when the door wonít stay up.

I used a gas strut made by Apexstone - 45N/10lb available on Amazon.

Position of the strut is crucial or the door wonít close. Here are the measurements:

Top of strut: mount the bracket 3 inches from top of door, and 5/8Ē in from the side
Bottom of strut: mount the bracket 1 inch from bottom of door and 1 inch in from the side

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Old 03-24-2019, 11:53 AM   #2
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Excellent! What hardware did you use to attach to the cabinet side and underside of door?
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Old 03-25-2019, 07:43 AM   #3
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All mounting hardware (brackets and screws) was included with struts.
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Old 03-25-2019, 08:51 AM   #4
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Good Job...👍

When did the design change?
Another example of... 'no changes only improvements?'

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Thank you for the detailed "fix". Hate holding it up with my bald head...

Couple questions - Are you measuring from the center of the strut? Did you use 1 or 2?
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Old 03-25-2019, 11:23 AM   #6
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Thank you winedog! I’m going to Amazon right now!����
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Got the same result with a piano bench lit support from Amazon for $8.
https://www.amazon.com/Piano-Bench-L...gateway&sr=8-1
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This is awesome! I've been thinking about how I could configure magnets to hold this door open, but this is a more straight forward approach. Thanks for the great documentation and specs.
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We did the same thing, and just needed one strut. Only real issue we had is that the instructions might as well been written in Klingon -there was no way to directly translate into English that made any sense at all!

But, a quick review online of installing struts and a wee bit of extra "think" and test time and it went very smoothly. Such a cheap and easy fix...makes you sort of wonder why it wasn't done originally.
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Probably because it costs a few bucks and a moment of assembly time that comes out of profit for Airstream, but donít pay attention to my cynical viewpoint...
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An easier fix and cheaper also is to get a spring type hatch support from West Marine. This also works for the large hinged mirror in the head.
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Diagram of strut placement mounting brackets

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Can you provide a larger image, please

The provided image of your sketch showing the dimensions doesn't enlarge like your photo of the completed strut. So when I try to enlarge the small image, it is too blurry.

We too have thought about struts others have installed, but knew exact placements of the strut ends would be challenging. So with your success and exact placement dimensions, we are ready to proceed!

Thanks for posting!
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Old 03-27-2019, 10:42 AM   #14
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Hopefully this is more clear.

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