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Old 09-06-2009, 06:10   #1
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Door Latches

My cabin doors all have latches that are mounted to the bottom of the doors. I don't like having to bend over while rocking to get to the latch to close the door. I also don't like that after closing the door that there now are 2 things down at the bottom waiting to rip my ankle open. So I've been thinking of moving the latches to the top of the door. Is there some reason for having the latches at the bottom that aren't apparent to me?
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What difference is gravity going to make as these are doors not hatches.
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Assuming they are bolt latches, so that gravity tends to keep them in the closed, rather than the open position.

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I think it's kind of an abitrary shop standard. What is right is what makes work correctly for you. It wouldn't leave the doors or bulkheads too scarred up by moving them would it?
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These are 2 piece latches with 1 half bolted to the door corner and the other on the bulkhead. Have to squeeze the latch to release it. Then when closed the halves are sticking out from the door/bulkhead. Would 2 screw holes that would need to be patched but that is not a big deal.
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