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Old 04-09-2016, 05:36 PM   #1
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Magnetic cabinet latches

Has anyone converted their old "grabber" type cabinet latches to magnetic? We would like to get away from having to slam the cabinet doors closed!
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Actually, I have gone the other way in a couple of cases where we added a small cupboard next to a sofa that came with magnetic. Unless there are much more robust magnetic versions that I have seen at Lowes, etc. I would stick with the latch type. I had to beef up the latch types on a few drawers of our earlier Country Coach to the higher strength version from CW.

If you decide to try some magnetic ones, get the best you can find and try a couple on drawers that have the heaviest loads to see if they stay in place for a few trips before committing. I know what you mean about the need to close the latch types with authority and they do make a bit of a slam, but they seem to work better. Our new Tiffin Allegro Bus has the latch types and so far they hold well. I had to upgrade the CC ones in some cases because I think they just got tired and no longer were viable. I actually had a couple of drawers with two latches, and no, I don't take curves all that fast - the boss sees to that.
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Yep, and I went full-tilt with them on every cabinet door and drawer face in the kitchen, bath, and dressingroom.

The biggest/heaviest drawer has 3 latches mounted under the drawer (invisable and painless).

The cabinets got the latch where ever there is the least risk of a skinned knuckle (real high for overhead doors - real low for lower doors).

We got them in a multi-pack from the bigbox hardware store...about 99cents each that way.
2 screws hold the magnet piece and the slot mount holes allow easy adjustment - 1 screw holds the plate. The screws are small enough to not require pre-drilling.

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These just caught my eye on Amazon! Anyone tried them?

Stainless Steel Furniture Cabinet Door Double Ball Roller Catch 6Pcs - - Amazon.com
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I've seen these used on high end tour buses and high end coaches.

Keyless Positive Action Push Button Catch for Caravan Motorhome for Furniture of 15-27mm Thickness (Lk6420c) - - Amazon.com
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Or these.......they say 40 pounds

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Our rig came with the above catches (only in the more elegant brass..) on the upper cabinets.

I have replaced almost all latches with these style latches and do not have doors swinging open going down the road.

I also have replaced most of our 20 year old felt/adhesive door stops to try to quiet the slam of the cabinet door.
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Why is it every time you come up with a good idea it cost's me money?
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Why is it every time you come up with a good idea it cost's me money?

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Thanks for posting. I have been looking for these for awhile
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buy some neodymium button magnets and epoxy them to a very small angle bracket, screw a small washer on the door and position the angle and magnet, incredible holding power and cheap.
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I've used some similar to those on Amazon, except larger at about 2-1/2 in long ( probably greater holding force ) and in brass. Pressure is adjustable with the side screws. Ordered from cabinet supply at $4+ea. Great for heavy silverware drawer, etc. With Amazon's price, its worth a try.
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Joe,

Having the style linked here on our boat, we opted for the magnetic latch design for 2 reasons:
1. Mounting has no room for error. The magnetic ones have slotted mount holes to provide adjustment at install and over time.
2. Metal on metal contact...this style will wear over time (balls become out of round, springs get compacted).

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Having the style linked here on our boat, we opted for the magnetic latch design for 2 reasons:
1. Mounting has no room for error. The magnetic ones have slotted mount holes to provide adjustment at install and over time.
2. Metal on metal contact...this style will wear over time (balls become out of round, springs get compacted).

Best luck

Good info! Thanks!
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