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Old 07-19-2013, 08:01 AM   #11
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I can push the tabs up as far as they will go on mine, and they still won't release. I have to push them up, and then use a screwdriver to pry them open.

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Old 07-19-2013, 08:13 AM   #12
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I can push the tabs up as far as they will go on mine, and they still won't release. I have to push them up, and then use a screwdriver to pry them open.

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That seems a little tight. I can pull mine open with the two fingers used to push up the tabs.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:22 AM   #13
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I can push the tabs up as far as they will go on mine, and they still won't release. I have to push them up, and then use a screwdriver to pry them open.

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Not a user friendly design, IMO.
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:46 AM   #14
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At some point I'm gonna get the Dremel out and do some trimming to ease it up. Of course....I'll probably go to far and the thing will never latch again.

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Put thumbs under each tabs, push up and and pull towards you at same time.....
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:49 AM   #16
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At some point I'm gonna get the Dremel out and do some trimming to ease it up. Of course....I'll probably go to far and the thing will never latch again.

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If all else fails...that's what duct tape is for! LOL
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:49 PM   #17
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Fonzie is correct...but it is not an easy task. The first time we used it I had to get my boy to try it but he still could not get the tabs to pop loose. So the screwdriver method was used..with a few dinks on the plastic. At lease we saw how it worked. So we closed the vent and did not use it for a couple trips. Then this last weekend we had to cook inside due to wind and rain at Chatfield State Park in Co. Once again we had to use the screwdriver method. But this time both the tabs broke off. So before closing I spayed some lube on both. We still had a tuff time closing the vent. Without the tabs it was a real booger to close. But they both finally popped into their cradles. Just can't wait to see what happens next time I need to open them. Our 20yr old Carriage Cashey had the tabs that swiveled on a rivet. These were a breeze to use.

Maybe FR will come up with a more user friendly vent.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:17 AM   #18
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We have a vent as in Fonzie's picture, unused for a year because we did not know how to open it. What is useful to know is that when you push the tabs up, they don't slide. Instead they lift a small distance enough to lift them off their locked position, allowing the vent cover (to which the tabs are attached) to open outwards. You can unlock one tab at a time: push up tab and at the same time apply a small force outward to unhook the tab from its seat.
Thanks Fonzie.
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A little pry bar does wonders.

Then duct tape to keep it closed.

On a more serious note; I had to put a little monash on it when I opened mine for the first time and decided that I would only open it when we had to use the stove. Maybe once a year!
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