Lid opener

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  1. crispin

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    So often small things make life easier and better. I was battling to open the lid and keep it there, either I would flip it all the way over or I would place a small stick to hold it up.

    Both options had limitations, the stick one in particular and I have the bruised to prove it.

    So I went to the hardware store…kitchen section (mica hardware) and got one of those extendable arms they use to hold top lifting kitchen doors open with. R140 give or take.

    I had some difficulty in attaching it and I def wanted it attached INSIDE the hood as the tank has beautiful lines with the cabinet that I did not want upset.

    So I screwed the one section in on the base of the lid and then worked out the position where to place a small block of wood to attached the top of the arm…I will post a few pics.

    But in all its brilliant, lifting the lid is easy and stays up perfectly. I am lank chuffed with itJ

    Oh I thought about the size too, and basically went for a larger arm than smaller, as I will only use one so wanted a more robust one. To have two would complicate the installation by having to match it carefully
     
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    Very cool Crispin is this a gas strut?
     
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    Nice DIYis...work
     
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    Which mica did you get this at? A few weekends ago I looked everywhere for one of those!
     
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    rory i have a mega mica near me in 4ways. i could look at getting one for ya if you wanted?
     
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    Ah thanks. I have a mica about 5mins drive away but apparently it's not mega enough ;)
     
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    cool DIY dude!
     
  10. crispin

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    i took a slightly better pic.....this is such a good diy job, and so easy to do, indeed if i ever get another tank it will be buildt it, just makes life so much easier:)

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    You should be able to get them from auto spares shops as well.
     
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    Yip I just got a few for my canopy doors at work...
     
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    very very cool
     
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    a place called GELMAR sells them ...
     
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    gelmar is the cheapest when it comes to cupboard fittings - dont bother about shopping around if they have it
     
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    yup i kno , my wife works there
     
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