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Old 11-24-2018, 04:12 PM   #1
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Medicine cabinet door won’t stay open

Our International has a ceiling attached medicine cabinet (1st picture, opened) with an external pivot hinge (2nd picture) on both ends for the cabinet door which has a mirror.

It is annoying that the medicine cabinet door cannot be made to stay open, as is the case for the galley storage bins in a Flying Cloud for example (which have a different hinge mechanism).

Has anyone “upgraded” their medicine cabinet and its unique pivot hinge with some kind of mechanism to keep it open? I have wrapped a cord around the door to keep it open as temporary solution—not very pretty.

If you have found a solution it would be much appreciated!
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Old 11-24-2018, 04:58 PM   #2
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https://www.rtacabinetstore.com/RTA-...es-soft-close/
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Old 11-24-2018, 05:01 PM   #3
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Here’s the fix.
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Old 11-24-2018, 05:06 PM   #4
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https://www.cabinetparts.com/c/hinge...and-flap-stays
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Old 11-24-2018, 05:40 PM   #5
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Old 11-24-2018, 05:41 PM   #6
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Yep easy to do and works great.
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Single strut works great - keeps mirror up and out of the way. Only one needed and easy to install. There a a few threads on this on the forums.
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Old 11-25-2018, 05:50 AM   #8
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Single strut works great - keeps mirror up and out of the way. Only one needed and easy to install. There a a few threads on this on the forums.


Can you link to that strut so we can find it - thanks!
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Old 11-25-2018, 06:10 AM   #9
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Looks like a great fix to an annoying problem.

Thanks for sharing!
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Old 11-25-2018, 06:13 AM   #10
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Correct me if I am wrong, but when I looked at the strut solution, it is made to get the cabinet door to 99 degrees from the base cabinet. The problem is that the base cabinet is tilted so that opening the cabinet door to 99 degrees does not get it to horizontal with the floor. If you are tall, it puts the open door right in the middle of my forehead.
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Old 11-25-2018, 06:21 AM   #11
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Can you link to that strut so we can find it - thanks!
The new search function in the blue box above works great! Here are the results for "medicine cabinet door strut" --

https://www.google.com/search?q=medi...=airforums.com

. . . with many products linked in those threads, like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/Lift-Supports...p_4%3AStabilus

Good luck,

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PS -- billrector, by choosing the correct strut length, and mounting it in a good location, you should be able to get the door into any position you want, when it is open.
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Old 11-25-2018, 09:36 AM   #12
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Has anyone converted that cabinet to a pair of sliding, mirrored, doors? If so how did you do it?
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Old 11-25-2018, 09:48 AM   #13
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This solution from Sugatsune works for us:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IKFSX88
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Old 11-25-2018, 12:16 PM   #15
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Thanks to all!!

Once again, Air Forums comes to the rescue!

I will look up the strut solution-- and as mentioned by OTRA15, it is a matter of finding the right strut length.
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After researching, I bought and just received a pair of these struts. Tired of holding the cabinet door open with my head. On the Amazon Review, someone even said these are the ones that they used for their Airstream medicine door cabinet. they are 22 lb force, which is what everyone seems to use.

I have to say...it seems to take a lot of force to compress them...maybe once installed the leverage of the door will make it much easier...but when compressed and under load...the door latch will actually stay closed? Seems to me there is a LOT of force wanting to spring it back open!
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. . . they are 22 lb force . . .
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That seems high for the application IMO. Did you check all the threads reveled in the search results in Post #11?

For instance:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...et-168142.html
Similar thread just updated: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...errerid=103283

Are you using one or two struts for the one door? If two ["them"], then the force is more like 44 pounds. If you lift the medicine cabinet door [without any strut] does it weigh anything close to 44 pounds?



Doubt it. Try just one strut maybe?

How about 2 of these?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CMHCJRS...NsaWNrPXRydWU=

One of the Answers on that page says one will support a lid [in that application] of 2-3 pounds . . . doubled would be about 5 pounds . . . closer to your needs IMO.

No matter which strut(s) you choose, adherence to the manufacturer's layout instructions is crucial.

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That seems high for the application IMO. Did you check all the threads reveled in the search results in Post #?

For instance:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f38/...et-168142.html
Similar thread just updated: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...errerid=103283

more coming on edit please stand by
Thanks. The ones mentioned in that thread are 22.5 lbs. I've seen that number a lot on my searches. So it must work. People just use one. It just seems hard to believe one of those wouldn't pop the lid with the spring pressure they seem to carry when compressed! I have replace most of my latches with adjustable brass ball bearing latches, so I'll probably go that route here as well.
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FWIW you quoted my post before I was done.

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FWIW you quoted my post before I was done.

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Whoops, sorry about that. Thanks again for being the resident airforums 'researcher', always helpful and appreciated for you to take the time to do that
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