Step by Step DIY Instruction Guide
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Step 12 - Install Galley Hardware
Now it's time to install the latch for your rear galley door. First decide where on the rear door you want it. In this model we used an 8 inch strip of checkerplate for the base of the door, and drilled a hole centered and directly above the checkerplate. For this build we used a 2 position rear galley lid latch assembly.
The kit comes with a 2 Point Latch,1 Rear Deck "T" Handle Keyed, two 36" Rods that can be cut and bent to fit your application and two Rod Mounting Brackets.
Once you install your hardware kit you need to line up two holes in the sides of the walls. This part is a little tricky. When you close the door, you can't see where to line up the holes. Close the door turn the handle a few times and it should leave a slight mark on either wall so you know where to drill your holes.
Step 13 - Galley Hatch Seal
We now use an Improved thick Vinyl boat trim and Aluminum Rub rail in replacement of the Original PVC. In order to Install the vinyl into the aluminum trim, you need to boil the vinyl until it goes limp.
Take Vinyl out of boiling water and place insert into trim. Gently use a rubber mallet to hammer into place. Once the vinyl hardens it will become impervious to water. See Video for further description.
Step 14 - Gas Springs
Make sure you get the correct angle, and the proper size gas spring. Typically you need
115 - 120 lbs, depending on the weight of your rear galley door. The first time I tried using gas springs I thought it would only need 30lbs on either side. Not even close. Now we use 2 Gas props with brackets 120lbs 19.69 Ext 7.87 Stroke, and it works perfect.
If you're not sure about using them for your first build, you can always use a couple of Matching Satin Black Flat Metal stands with matching Shoes for the base. Available in our virtual parts store. Just remember one thing, these doors are heavy, and with a couple gas springs properly attached, it will make your door opening a lot easier.
If you decide to install gas springs and don't want any issues in the future, Then I suggest bolting the brackets to the wall and install the bolts right through the entire wall, either with a woody or aluminum side walls. If you just screw the brackets to the walls, you will find the constant opening and closing of the door will weaken the screw holes and eventually the brackets could come right off.