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Old 11-27-2015, 01:57 PM   #1
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Under-couch access panel

I would love to get this access panel set up on a hinge so it doesn't have to be taken off and set aide each time we take out the tables, preferably with a stay-up mechanism such as on the slider top cupboard doors. Has anyone attempted this?

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Old 11-27-2015, 02:17 PM   #2
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Someone posted a modification with a piano hinge on the bottom and "hook and loop" strips on the top edge. That was neat because the panel would just lay flat on the floor like you have it in your photo.
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Old 11-29-2015, 01:51 AM   #3
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Someone posted a modification with a piano hinge on the bottom and "hook and loop" strips on the top edge. That was neat because the panel would just lay flat on the floor like you have it in your photo.

Good idea - this could also serve as the needed foot booster for DW! But we will have to create a wrap that will fold under the panel to protect the ultra leather from the floor. I think 2-3 small magnets would hold it up against the metal rail too.

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Old 11-29-2015, 04:43 PM   #4
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Magnets to hold it closed would be good.
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:55 PM   #5
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I removed it. Hung a rod the full length and sewed a two piece curtain to conceal the space. It's perfect for 12 packs of pop!
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Old 11-30-2015, 12:37 AM   #6
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We too store 12-packs of soda under there. Plus, a 6-bottle case of wine laying on its side fits perfect. So we can take advantage of 6-bottle discounts. Our panel is loose but folds down as if it were bottom hinged and has - from the factory - a magnet to hold it closed when in position. Works great.
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I was paging through old threads and noticed the door lift in your overhead cabinet door photo. It looks like the original ones on our 2011 Sunseeker. I recommend replacing them as soon as you can. They pivot on the screw on the lower end. That scraps and gouges the cabinet, and the screw will get loose in the "wood". I replaced mine with lifts that have pivot brackets that fasten to the "wood". With my phone, I can't attach a photo of the lift I used but I can send it to you in a few days if you like.
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I was paging through old threads and noticed the door lift in your overhead cabinet door photo. It looks like the original ones on our 2011 Sunseeker. I recommend replacing them as soon as you can. They pivot on the screw on the lower end. That scraps and gouges the cabinet, and the screw will get loose in the "wood". I replaced mine with lifts that have pivot brackets that fasten to the "wood". With my phone, I can't attach a photo of the lift I used but I can send it to you in a few days if you like.
Good to know - thanks! (Sorry I did not reply sooner - I just saw it today.)
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In contemplating this project again today and manually raising the compartment cover as if on a hinge, I stumbled onto the fact that the cover can be set at nearly a 90 degree angle and left there while adding or removing items from storage. You do this by first lifting the front of the couch and setting it in a position that allows the cover to be raised, then lifting the compartment cover 90 degrees, then hooking the two angle brackets that suspend it onto the same cross bar at that new angle. As pictures below.

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