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Forum topic by tomsteve posted 02-06-2016 03:16 PM 487 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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tomsteve

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02-06-2016 03:16 PM

i have some cabinets to build requiring gas struts like these

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KCR704U/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_2?pf_rd_p=1944687762&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B002UC17KS&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1M712VJF3AXX7XJH7DDF
the ball knob and socket tolerances are real sloppy causing…..well…..sloppyness when they go to open.

bought these just to see how theyd work and im also in the prototype cabinet build stage(getting the process and parts all figured out).

so, im lookin for some higher quality ones.
any experience and opinions?


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#1 posted 02-06-2016 03:26 PM

You’ll want these. Blum Lift Systems

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#2 posted 02-06-2016 03:36 PM

i should have mentioned the door faces will be dropping down.

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#3 posted 02-06-2016 04:09 PM

Then why would you need gas struts? They are wrong for the application. You will probably find what you are looking for here.


i should have mentioned the door faces will be dropping down.

- tomsteve


-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#4 posted 02-06-2016 05:04 PM


Then why would you need gas struts? They are wrong for the application. You will probably find what you are looking for here.

i should have mentioned the door faces will be dropping down.

- tomsteve

- builtinbkyn

do you build for what you want or what the customer wants?the customer wants struts, the customer gets them.thats why i need gas struts.
they are 48” wide by 12” doors/drawers.
like these only larger

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#5 posted 02-06-2016 05:40 PM

Sometimes the customer doesn’t know what’s correct or what their options really are. As an architect, it was my responsibility to advise them on what was correct and the options they had available to them. Even as a developer, I didn’t do something just to collect a check. If I felt it wasn’t right I would tell the customer. If they insisted on doing it the incorrect way, I walked away rather than do something I knew was wrong and would eventually come back to me.

Most gas struts of the size and type you are looking for are designed to work in compression. That is why what you tried didn’t work well. There may be some specialty gas struts to work in tension, but not sure you’ll find them easily or at all for this type of application. Gravity is already working in your favor. You need something to assist in lift while limiting the vertical travel when open. That is usually accomplished with spring tension.

Well good luck. Just tried to help.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#6 posted 02-06-2016 09:28 PM

You might try contacting Grainger. They have consultants that can help you select the gas spring that fits your needs. They sell Bansbach gas springs in both compression and tension (which they call “traction”) types. I don’t know if they have anything small enough for your application, but ask.

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#7 posted 02-07-2016 03:26 PM

no problem,bill.
i feel the design is right, have investigated options, done my research, and am comfortable with the design, building them, and collecting a check for them.
and so is my customer, who ive worked with quite a few times over the years.

thanks,jerry. much appreciated.

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