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Old 01-03-2018, 11:22 PM   #1
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RF 18 Automatic Door Catch Install

I recently installed a Samsung RF 18 residential refrigerator in our 2006 Monaco Camelot PDQ. Here is how I installed door catches without drilling into the refrigerator cabinet.

I purchased the following materials:

* 1/4" x 3/4" x 48" long aluminum flat bar

* 12" x 12" x 1/16" thick aluminum plate

* (3) 10 pound pull side mount grabber catches (Southco 4320)

* 3M Body Side Mounting tape 7/8" wide (3M 0316)

* 3M Body side Mounting tape 1/2" wide (3M 06384)

* Light weight cardboard for the template
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There were two challenges involved with this project. The first challenge was to figure out how to install the door catches without drilling into the fridge cabinet which could potentially damage the unit. This issue was solved by attaching 1/4" thick aluminum flat bar to the inside front edge of the fridge cabinet with heavy duty 3M automotive attachment tape that is used for attaching body side moldings, wheel flares, etc. on modern vehicles.
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Old 01-03-2018, 11:45 PM   #3
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The 1/4" thick aluminum flat bar provided a surface that was thick enough to be drilled and tapped for the short machine screws needed to secure the male side of the catch.
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The second challenge was to figure out how to attach the female side of the catch to the bottom edge of each door because the bottom edge of the door has a concave recess where the catch needs to mount.
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The solution was to attach a 1/16" thick aluminum plate with more of the 3M automotive attachment tape. The aluminum plate was cut to match the bottom edge of each door using light weight cardboard as a template. This provided a smooth flat surface that would easily accept the small sheet metal screws necessary to secure the female side of the door catch.
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The female portion of the center catch was attached directly to the freezer drawer using small sheet metal screws that were screwed into the top edge of the freezer drawer.
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This project was not difficult to complete, and the finished product looks and operates as if it had been a factory installed item. The best part is that we no longer have to try to remember to install the plywood stop, velcro ties, or any other external device previously necessary to secure the fridge doors and freezer drawer prior to travel. The doors open and close easily and they stay shut on the road even when heavily loaded. Install it and forget it!
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Unfortunately the short (18 second) cell phone video that really shows how the door catches, and drawer catch operate did not download....

Does anyone know how I can download the video?

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I noticed that your video has a .jpg file extension. This indicates that it is simply a picture. Typically a cellphone video will have a .mp4, .avi or .mov file extension. It appears as though you've either uploaded the wrong file or, possibly, when you named the file you typed in the wrong file extension. If it is the latter, simply rename the file with the appropriate file extension. (just check your other videos for a hint)

Just guessing... But there seems to be no doubt that the file you uploaded is simply a picture.
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Nice work.
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That looks nice. This is what I use for the freezer door, I drop a small clevis pin in the hole not shown in the photo.
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I use a small Velcro wrap around the the French doors.
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Wow - nice work, but would be worried about the plastic catches getting cold and snapping like many have done

Our's has the drill option, but it works:
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That looks nice. This is what I use for the freezer door, I drop a small clevis pin in the hole not shown in the photo.Attachment 187702Attachment 187703 I use a small Velcro wrap around the the French doors.


I tried Velcro, but I kept forgetting that I had to reattach it every time we opened the fridge. I like the "automatic" nature of the cabinet catch system. No thinking, it just works every time
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