Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2010 16:00:37 -0500
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From: ILPI <info**At_Symbol_Here**ILPI.COM>
Subject: Re: flammable cabinet question
I finally got the information
that folks were requesting about Eagle's self-closing door mechanism and
how the fusible links work. It's much simpler than I
According to the engineering drawing, the
fusible link hangs from a short length of chain that is screwed to the
inside of door. When the door is open, you use the fusible link as
a wedge between a screw on the side wall and a screw on the door.
To release it, all you do is open the door slightly. The link will
fall out due to gravity and the door will close normally. And, of
course, if there is a fire, the link is designed to melt at 165 degrees
Fahrenheit, so the door will auto-close.
enlarged, cleaned up, and then annotated part of the self-closing door
kit diagram so you can see where the wedge goes. Read the product
description here: http://www.safetyemporium.
and then click on Picture
Obviously, anyone can buy just a fusible
link and some chain from their local hardware store to prop open doors
on just about any cabinet, manual or self-closing. It's dirt cheap
protection. I recommend putting a label on the inside of the door
that explains how to use the fusible link and one on the outside that
warns folks never to use objects such as chairs, books etc. to prop the
Getting back to the manual vs.
self-closing models, I prefer the self-closing models as they can be
safely propped open with this method - no more guillotine problem.
The retrofit kits previously discussed are listed under
Related Items on the page that I just referenced. Those are a
slightly more complex than one might imagine - there are two hydraulic
closers along with a plate assembly and two cam/stop brackets that
ensure the two closers provide smooth operation, but the installation is
straightforward and facilitated by templates to mark the
the link I provided goes to my own company's web site. You can
obviously purchase fusible links or self-closing kits etc. from other