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making a heavy loft hatch door safe

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by Djangobanjo, 24 Oct 2018.

  1. Djangobanjo

    Djangobanjo

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    I bought a custom made loft hatch. It's made of metal and insulation. A great fit, well insulated too. But, much heavier than I thought it would be. A bit treacherous when opening it, and also a bit iffy when closing too. And it will only get harder as I get older....

    Any suggestions on how to make it open slow? I did see these, that might work if I can safely attach into the metal door, but these are a bit expensive. I have contacted the company I bought from to see if they have anything, but can't seen anything on their site.
     
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    A counter balance might solve the problem.

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    Add the red bits to form a counter ballance.
     
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    Maybe, but it might stick up in the way when open? I guess not a problem with the size of the hatch... Actually, it will have to be right on the side or it will get in way of ladder.
     
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    use a bit of design and it will provide a hand steady for the top.
    My old hatch had a spring like a gate closer to help it
     
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    A rope attached to either front corner running up through a pulley above with a weight added, a bit like old fashioned sash windows? Like the diagram but the other way round perhaps?

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    Sorted one as MOTman, until weight came loose and nearly brained someone.:whistle:
     
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    The guy that helped me fit it suggested weighted pulley. Need to check what fixing options i have.
     
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    You wouldn't be able to lift your car hatchback tail door without the assistance of a pair of gas struts......any future in them?
    John :)
     
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    That is the sort of thing, but that particular one has only 50mm of movement.
    You may be surprised at how powerful these things need to be - sorry I cant advise on which to choose!
    John :)
     
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    Thanks, I'll keep searching, and get the tape measure out. I just searched for 25kg thinking that would be sufficient, maybe I'll go 50kg next time....
     
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    It could be a good move to get a car tailgate strut from a breaker, and experiment with that - you can always double up if its not strong enough.
    I've fitted a small one to an up and over kitchen cabinet front and it hardly made any difference :(
    John :)
     
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    Gas struts are intended to hold open doors, not aid opening .
     
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    Tailgate struts have dual function.....try lifting your tailgate up without them.
    John
     
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    Use a can of paint for a weight, à la Home Alone :mrgreen:
     
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