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Old 10-15-2018, 06:58 PM   #1
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Cabinet latches

An ongoing irritant with both the '05 and now the '15, is the constant breaking of the cabinet latch part that attaches to the door. Buying as they break can be a problem finding them, and it is never the latch that breaks, but the hook. Have found that there is a heavy-duty version of the latch referred to as 'Large' and have never had another hook (strike) break after replacing with the larger one.
Just finished getting an order from Amazon of the large strike portion of the latch assembly and can look forward to having a good replacement part on hand when the next OEM hook/strike gives up.
The product I am using is by JR Products, #70445, "Large Cabinet Strike"--the only downside is they are longer than the old piece and new mounting holes have to be used, but they fit the lock part easily. Cost was $6.05 each.

I have a number of latches (cabinet part) if anyone ever needs one. Used to buy the complete assembly before realizing the parts are available separately.

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Old 10-15-2018, 08:32 PM   #2
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Thanks for the info. One just broke in my Hurricane. Got a pack of 4 on Amazon for just under 16 bucks.
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Old 10-16-2018, 01:55 AM   #3
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Timely for me again--wife just had another one break. They always break around the screw mounting hole.

And I just had a DUH! moment--since, for me, they have always broken in the same place--a small flat washer put on every wood screw BEFORE they break might just be a game-changer.....and, even if they do break, you probably won't know it, the washer will keep the pieces together. Think that would work? 'Cause I am going to try it on the ones that haven't yet broke.
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:10 AM   #4
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We picked up about 10 of the plastic OE ones I think for about under $2. Iíll go back through my notes and post up where I bought them.
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Old 10-16-2018, 12:29 PM   #5
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Ryan,
If you are breaking the OEM ones, why replace with the same quality--just going to break again?
One thing doing that--don't have to resize the hole placements--larger hooks have wider spaced holes.
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Old 10-16-2018, 02:03 PM   #6
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I added black flat washers to my latch screws to add more surface area behind the screw head. MUCH less breakage.
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Old 10-16-2018, 02:56 PM   #7
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One cabinet door that was my most frequent latch breaker, I added a extra set of Hinges and no problem since on that installation. I suspect to much door weight for a rough road

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Old 10-17-2018, 01:07 AM   #8
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I added black flat washers to my latch screws to add more surface area behind the screw head. MUCH less breakage.
I did the SAME, I went around after breaking several of ours and backed out the screws and placed tiny flat washers on all of our latches. Haven't had ONE break since adding the washers!

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Old 10-17-2018, 01:40 AM   #9
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On doors that you can reach behind, loosen the screws slightly, close the door so it latches, then crawling/reaching in from another door, tighten them. This helps align them better. Also, spray some silicone spray onto the catches and latches.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:04 AM   #10
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Ryan,
If you are breaking the OEM ones, why replace with the same quality--just going to break again?
One thing doing that--don't have to resize the hole placements--larger hooks have wider spaced holes.
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I think we have had 4 of the males break in 3 1/2 years.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:06 AM   #11
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I added black flat washers to my latch screws to add more surface area behind the screw head. MUCH less breakage.
Did you use a longer screw? I have never seen a black washer that you can buy.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:01 PM   #12
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Ryan, I bought tiny "silver" washers. But the point is since I took the time to place all of those tiny washers I haven't had a single latch failure since.

While at DRV a couple of years ago I complained about the latches snapping off, one of the techs working on our unit handed me a handful of them. I haven't purchased any but I did use a few to replace what did break. Thanks to someone on one of these forums mentioning the tiny washer fix our troubles disappeared.

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Old 10-19-2018, 12:19 PM   #13
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Did you use a longer screw? I have never seen a black washer that you can buy.

Same screws. AMAZON

Steel Flat Washer, Black Oxide Finish, ASME B18.22.1, No. 8 Screw Size, 3/16" ID, 7/16" OD, 0.049" Thick (Pack of 100) $9.12
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Old 10-20-2018, 05:11 AM   #14
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Same screws. AMAZON

Steel Flat Washer, Black Oxide Finish, ASME B18.22.1, No. 8 Screw Size, 3/16" ID, 7/16" OD, 0.049" Thick (Pack of 100) $9.12
Thanks, looks like another item I need to order.
These look like them. https://www.amazon.com/Steel-Washer-...0.049%22+Thick
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Old 10-20-2018, 09:14 PM   #15
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My Holiday Rambler had the same plastic hook on the door and the flip latch on the frame of the opening. Yes, they break very easily. I started then, and continue now, to replace them as they break with metal latches. The metal blade part mounts on the door, and the female part mounts on the frame of the opening. The blade pushes directly into the female double spring opening and I've never had one to break. Try this link, it's only one style that I've used and have had no trouble:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon....1oDyIhU7zL.jpg
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Old 10-31-2018, 06:14 AM   #16
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I added black flat washers to my latch screws to add more surface area behind the screw head. MUCH less breakage.
Well I added them to about half of them so far. I thought all of my latches were good. But several of them were cracked and some of the screws were over tightened.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:23 PM   #17
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Well I added them to about half of them so far. I thought all of my latches were good. But several of them were cracked and some of the screws were over tightened.
Good deal! I think I have had one break in the year or so since I added the screws.
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