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Posted by AleRRon | Feb 12, 2019 @ 01:51 PM | 3,233 Views
I've been frustrated with battery and electronic bay hatches. Either what I try doesn't work (with catastrophic consequences) or looks lousy. I'm currently working on compiling all the different hatch methods that I've seen and a few not quite original designs of my own.
1. Skewer and rubber band method. Works OK but unsightly and I always lose the band
2. Magnets. This is not bad, but can get a little complex
3. Tape. I don't like this. The tape has to be replaced often and pulls paper off if using DTFB
4. Du-bro type pin latches. These work pretty well but have to be inset into the foam and lining things up can be a little frustrating.
5. I found descriptions of two bent wire latches and I like these ideas. The first is described by a member as "
For the access hatch (I'll try and explain what I do), cut a piece of 1/8" x 3/8" hard wood about 1/2" long. Drill a 1/16" hole through the side (the 1/8" side that is), you have to be really careful. Then take a piece of 1/16" piano wire about 1" long (or a little longer - you can cut it later), bend a 90 into it about 1/4" in from one end - the result should look like an "L". Cut a slot in the hatch a little wider than your wire (so about 3/32"). Put the long part of your "L" through the hole in the block and put the short part sticking through the hatch to the outside, then glue the block to the inside of the hatch. The slot has to be long...Continue Reading