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Refrigerator Drawer Strut Tab: Now With Inserts

A spate of cleaning put the little tab that fixed the never-sufficiently-to-be-damned strut supporting the lower refrigerator drawers into my hands:

Refrigerator Drawer Strut - new tab in place

Refrigerator Drawer Strut – new tab in place

I discovered that 4-40 knurled inserts perfectly match the available space, so I drilled the 3D printed holes out to 11/16 inch (the OD of the smaller knurls) and rammed the inserts into place:

Refrigerator Drawer Strut Tab - knurled inserts

Refrigerator Drawer Strut Tab – knurled inserts

No epoxy, no heat, nothing but a friction fit.

Looks much better, ought to work just as well, and will definitely¬†outlive the refrigerator; if I never take that thing apart again, it’ll be fine with me.

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  1. #1 by Red County Pete on 2016-04-08 - 10:35

    Our 25 cubic foot Whirlpool freezer outlived its welcome by trapping about 5 pounds of ice in the door. They set up some scheme to let room air into the door between foam insulation and the shelving, when it can vent back into the freezer body. Something went awry, and ice filled the top half of the door in the 4(!) years we had it. Discovered this as part of getting ready for new vinyl flooring, and it was trying to dump water on the living room floor.

    The door had a semi-curable warp in it, and was also prone to sagging. These may be related to the door-ice issue, but we got fed up and replaced it with a 20 cubic foot Frigidaire. The Frigidaires at that time had unsuitable shelves (more suited for large quantities of frozen pizza/entrees than our basics), but this has been fixed.

    I don’t have any enthusiasm for things Whirlpool any more; the freezer is now at the transfer station, after mandatory compressor removal. (The metal-recycler policy [law? dunno] is no main motors in tossed appliances. How one deals with the refrigerant is left as an exercise for the user.) OTOH, we’re pretty happy with Frigidaire. We do have a Whirlpool electric dryer, but that thing should last several more years. It’s a dumb model and we usually don’t use the moisture sensor.

    • #2 by Ed on 2016-04-08 - 11:18

      ice filled the top half of the door

      Now that you mention it, the freezer door piddles down the hinge side of the main box during the annual deep defrost-and-clean operation. I always thought that came from small air leaks; it sounds like they were working up to a full-on blunder. Applying white duct tape over the rust spots we can’t quite see with the freezer door closed worked well enough for me. [mutter]

      • #3 by Red County Pete on 2016-04-08 - 17:40

        The deep-freeze used 1″ x 6″ fiberglass tape in a U. The bottom of the tape was either dry or wettish, but the top half of the tape was solid ice. I pulled the plastic liner off the door (no idea how many screws they used, but it was a lot. DeWalt drill-driver FTW! I got the glass-reinforced ice out of there and reassembled. The next day, we went freezer shopping. Frigidaire is now using LED lighting in freezer. Nice.

        FWIW, the moisture sensor does still work in the dryer, so we have one Whirlpool appliance that hasn’t gone toes up. They’re dead to me.

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