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Old 06-06-2011, 09:36   #1
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Locker Lid Slams on my Head!

Well...it hasn't happened yet and I would like to make sure it doesn't. I guess a prop-stick and a bungee cord might work. Surely though..someone here has a genious way of securing and open locker lid to keep it from slamming closed while one's head is in the hole.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:44   #2
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

i use line and bungee and string and stix and bubble gum and whatever i can find-lol... goood luck.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:50   #3
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

The spring supports are handy. They lock in place when you open the lid. Simply bump them to collapse.

See one at T-H MARINE Lid Suppor at West Marine

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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

Moonlight Marine invented the spring type hatch holder and I think still make the best: Moonlite Marine - Products
You can also use gas spring type holders: Sea-Dog : Quality Marine, Industrial and Rigging Hardware
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

The spring props work great. But keep in mind they will drop the lid if you accidentaly bump them too. I accidently discovered this by accident.
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

I have a piece of 1/8" rope that has a loop on the end that fits over my winch. It is tied to one side of the lazaret top. on the other side I have a hook with a piece of bungy cord. I put the rope over the winch when the lid is open and then take it off and attach it to the hook with the bungy cord and it stores very nicely. Not fancy but very effective.
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

Yea...ditto on the accidentally bumping them! ouch! But I do like them. I have 2 or 3 new ones around if someone wants a bargain. (ooops...sorry for the spam!)
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

Yes I installed the spring type for my front hatch but I wasn't sure it would be strong enough to hold the locker lid open. They are quite simply though.
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

I've had one drop on the back of my hands, ....OW! I use a stick to prop it open now. One day I'm going to buy one of those pneumatic cylinders that allow instant open but close slowly.
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

There are pneumatic supports as well...the kind you see holding up hatchbacks on cars. I have the same thing on a dockbox for holding up the lid, which works well.
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You can use those heavy failure prone gizmos. Or just a light line and a hook. Or bungee. Do this on every hatch in the boat. Then simply remember to use the line every single time no matter what. It good training for the discipline needed for sea voyages.
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

The pneumatics are available at the local auto parts store, or in Stainless at McMaster Carr. They are slick, but getting the right length and mounting is a real science! My vote in order of best first is:
1) Loop lof line to winch , cleat etc.
2) Moonlight Spring support (available in 1" diameter also)
3) Pneumatics in SS. ($$$)
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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

I have a lanyard with a loop in the end. When the locker lid is open the loop can fit over the primary winch.
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rhr1956,

Here are a couple of examples that may help you.

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Re: Locker Lid slams on my Head!

"The spring props work great. But keep in mind they will drop the lid if you accidentaly bump them too. I accidently discovered this by accident.
Jesse"

I have the spring props on my ice box lids. It is imperative that you not bump then when they are supporting a weight. My right thumb got caught in an errant drop. It took a week for the nail to stop bleeding and a new one is just growing back. If you use the spring prop make sure you have a loop or bungee to keep the lid from slamming on you.

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