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Old 04-16-2016, 09:41 AM   #1
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Mechanism That keeps Front Door Open

Has anyone had a problem with the mechanism on the top of the front door? It is a knee type piece that when the door is open the pivot point catches in a slot. This is the second time mine has failed, first time Warren at FR fixed it, this time I am purchasing the whole mechanism from FR at the price of $283.64 plus shipping. (LOCK, ENTRY DOOR CHECK-POS-A-LOCK-USED ON CHARLESTON & BERKSHIRE, PN20X17048A) kind of expensive. So has anyone found an easy repair or workaround?

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Old 04-16-2016, 10:01 AM   #2
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Just had this issue a couple months ago. Other board members told me what to do. The small post that slides back and forth in the slot has a small metal collar around it. That collar is split on one side. Take a small screwdriver and gently pry the collar open slightly to create more friction.
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Old 04-16-2016, 10:09 AM   #3
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Dan,

Thanks for the advise. The collar you talked about is destroyed. I noticed the first time it failed that Warren at FR made up some kind of sleeve and must have closed it over the pivot pin. I did order the new mechanism but when I install it I will see what I can come up with, perhaps a piece of a roll pin or split bushing. I will take measurements from the new piece. It seems a shame to spend so much just to replace an inexpensive piece that seems doomed to failure from normal use.

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Old 04-16-2016, 12:06 PM   #4
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Wow! That's pretty pricey for something so simple.


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Try PTL engineering. Looks like they may make the part and if it's the right one it's only $85.


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Old 04-16-2016, 08:43 PM   #6
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Last time this topic was discussed I commented that I used a combination of a vice grip pliers and hammer to squeeze the slot the pin goes in. I was tole that this was not the way to fix the problem but my door has stayed open now for over five years. So maybe not the right way but it only cost me time and it worked.
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Just had this issue a couple months ago. Other board members told me what to do. The small post that slides back and forth in the slot has a small metal collar around it. That collar is split on one side. Take a small screwdriver and gently pry the collar open slightly to create more friction.
I spread the collar and it broke with a piece falling out; hence a new door bracket from PTL.

The collar is spring steel and what makes matters worse (at least was on mine), the collar has a small rivet to the post that cannot easily be seen. To me, it is a bad design. The door check should be more robust. Silver's idea might be a better approach.
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Old 04-17-2016, 08:55 AM   #8
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Thanks All,

I feel pretty stupid after seeing the photo from PTL Engineering.
Part Number: 001-523
Price: $85.09
Description: Locking Door Check Engineering
I should have gone out to the forum first and am pretty ripped at FR for such an exceptional mark-up. I have already placed the order but am not happy.

Silver probably made the right repair, if that does fail he can always order the part from PTL Engineering.

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I feel pretty stupid after seeing the photo from PTL Engineering.

Part Number: 001-523

Price: $85.09

Description: Locking Door Check Engineering

I should have gone out to the forum first and am pretty ripped at FR for such an exceptional mark-up. I have already placed the order but am not happy.



Silver probably made the right repair, if that does fail he can always order the part from PTL Engineering.



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Call FR and tell Andy you found the piece elsewhere for the price quoted. It's worth a try, if he doesn't budge tell him it's on the way back to FR.


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Andy has allowed me to return parts when I found it for a better price elsewhere. He is very helpful and reasonable.
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