How to install a spring support for your trash can lid

LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 2,026Member ✭✭✭✭✭
A useful mod installed by several RBOC members is a spring hatch support to hold the trash can lid at the cockpit wet bar.  It's a great mod that is cheap and easy to install, so I thought I'd post details.

Kudos to @DanD2 ;and others who showed me how to do it in this thread:


There are several hatch supports that will fit.  This is what I used -- $17 at GLS:

It's important to get the mount locations right.  You need to leave room for the spring to fold when you close the lid.  Otherwise, the spring will get kinked, which makes it useless.  See the measurements in the photos.  The way it's shown here, the spring can bend inward or outward and there's no interference.



Time to install:  30 minutes
Level of difficulty:  Beginner

1) After you buy the hatch support, measure everything carefully so you can get screws that are the right diameter and length.  The screws should not penetrate all the way through the lid.  Use only stainless steel screws.

2) Mark the screw locations on the lid, and pre-drill using a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw diameter.  Do not drill all the way through the lid!  Suggestion: put a piece of tape on the drill bit at the right depth, and stop drilling when the tape touches the lid. 

3) Apply a small amount of 3M 5200 marine adhesive in the screw holes, on the upper spring mount, and on the tips of the screws.  Then attach the upper spring mount to the lid.

4) Mark the screw locations for the lower mount.  Pre-drill the holes.  Then attach the lower mount (no adhesive needed).

5) Next, you will need to throw something in the trash so you can admire your work.  The right tool for this job is an empty beer bottle, so open a beer and drink it, then throw it in the trash.  If unsure, repeat several times.  Just to be safe, ask your friends to try it with different brands of beer bottles.  

Comments

  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,007Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    Be nice to do the same for the anchor windlass hatch too!

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • jme097jme097 Algonac, MIPosts: 1,078Member ✭✭✭
    Great mod!
    Boat Name: Knot A Worry
    2007 280 Rinker Express 6.2L B3
  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,313Member ✭✭✭✭
    This plan worked great! Just finished it! Bought the spring on Amazon for about $15 delivered. 
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,313Member ✭✭✭✭
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • LaReaLaRea Alexandria VirginiaPosts: 2,026Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    So, the answer is:  if you have room for a spring on the trash can side, put it there so the spring won't reduce storage space on the right-hand side!  (Mine is too shallow on the trash can side.)

    Nice!
  • Liberty44140Liberty44140 Bay Village & Marblehead, OH.Posts: 1,313Member ✭✭✭✭
    Ha, yea that is a fact. Thanks!
    Wine-N-Down -- 2006 342 Express Cruiser

  • andydandyd Dana Point, California, USAPosts: 484Member ✭✭✭
    Thank you, a very useful info. The trash can lid slamming still startles me after six years of ownership!

    Andy
  • Black_DiamondBlack_Diamond Holland, MichiganPosts: 4,007Member ✭✭✭✭✭
    I added that, soooo nice to have that lid stay open. Thanks for the link too. 

    2003 342FV "Black Diamond", 350 MAG MPI, 20P 4x4 Props, PC BYC, Holland, MI
  • DanD2DanD2 Posts: 581Member ✭✭✭
    Couple of years going for me and it still works great.
    2005 Rinker Fiesta Vee 342
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