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Old 08-28-2015, 10:10 PM   #1
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Idea to fix pesky drawer clasps

Planned obsolescence is two dirty words as far as I'm concerned and if you own an RV that have those cheap plastic clasps that hold the drawers and closets closed then maybe this will save you some money & hassles.
The male side of the clasp are made from hard plastic but always seem to break at the most inopportune times and you can't just buy that part, you need to buy the entire clasp assembly. (One might ask why that part couldn't have been molded with a tiny strip of metal inside to give it strength?)
Makes too much sense I guess...
Anyway my "fix" is to install another tiny screw almost in the middle of the male clasp which gives it much more strength and support.
I used 1" X 5/64" screws on all my male clasps and doubt I'll need to ever purchase another clasp assembly.
I have some photos to share but don't see the "paper-clip" icon to attach them (maybe someone can enlighten me and I will update this post with a couple of pics)
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Old 08-29-2015, 06:37 AM   #2
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After a couple of mine broke it said no more so I make some out of chrome/cobalt.Click image for larger version

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Old 08-29-2015, 10:52 AM   #3
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Clasp design

Pretty nice... If I was a machinist I'd copy your design
Curious as to how u post pics here?
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Old 08-29-2015, 11:47 AM   #4
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.......Curious as to how u post pics here?
Simple. Write your message then scroll down and see "Additional Options". There you will see "manage attachments" Click that and another box will open where you can attach your file. Lets you browse in your computer for what you want. Open the file, upload and there you go.
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Old 08-29-2015, 12:04 PM   #5
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Pretty nice... If I was a machinist I'd copy your design

Curious as to how u post pics here?

I direct cast it like making jewelry.
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Old 08-31-2015, 05:12 PM   #6
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Pics of my "update" to keep clasps from breaking

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Planned obsolescence is two dirty words as far as I'm concerned and if you own an RV that have those cheap plastic clasps that hold the drawers and closets closed then maybe this will save you some money & hassles.
The male side of the clasp are made from hard plastic but always seem to break at the most inopportune times and you can't just buy that part, you need to buy the entire clasp assembly. (One might ask why that part couldn't have been molded with a tiny strip of metal inside to give it strength?)
Makes too much sense I guess...
Anyway my "fix" is to install another tiny screw almost in the middle of the male clasp which gives it much more strength and support.
I used 1" X 5/64" screws on all my male clasps and doubt I'll need to ever purchase another clasp assembly.
I have some photos to share but don't see the "paper-clip" icon to attach them (maybe someone can enlighten me and I will update this post with a couple of pics)
5/64th drill bit and about a 1" screw and no more hassles with the clasps failing & breaking ($2.00 for about 20 screws)
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I haven't had any breakage of that piece .... always the other piece with the hinged part. Usually happens after "someone" accidentally snaps it shut before its engaged and then tries to force it closed by slamming the drawer/door
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