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Old 01-25-2014, 12:21 AM   #1
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We are remodeling our 50's basement, the bar is square and had a door that opened to get behind it but the top never flipped up...yep, you had to crawl under it. We cut and hinged it to make a flip top but it is very heavy, is there something like a shock/cylinder (not sure what to call it) to put under it to help lift it and/or slow it down so if it gets bumped it won't slam or take someone's fingers off.

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Look for spring loaded hinges that would fit the thickness of your bar top.

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That's part of the problem, the top is finished. I think they used piano hinges and it open and closes o.k. It's just very heavy.
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spring loaded piano hinges? look those up.
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Nobody has found a spring loaded hinge to solve this problem which was solved back even before the middle ages with the invention of using a counterweight to raise the Drawbridge.
Amazon doesn't sell a counterweight for your bar section but you can make your own DIY model using:
1.Steel cable
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2. A Pulley sized for above cable
3. Window cast iron or lead Sash weight or equivalent.
Directions:
1. Connect end of cable to top side edge farthest from hinge.
2. Mount the Pulley to a position above the bar.
3. Adjust cable as required and connect to sash weight.
4. Adjust number of sash weights as needed for easiest up/down.
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Thank you PaliBob, I think that may be the only way to solve lifting the heavy flip top.......but I think we will just leave it as is for now.

Now I'm thinking about cutting the existing door in half and making swinging doors. I'm not sure if that can be done because its knotty pine.
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Posting a picture of it may help.
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I'm not sure how. Do I need to use Photo-bucket, or can I just attach from my pictures?
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I looked up how to post pictures so I made an album but I haven't figured out how to post the pic on a thread yet....but I'm working on it.
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testing to see if picture will post

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It worked! I was having a problem copying the code with my I-pad, It works fine from my laptop. Here is another pic with the door put back on. Sorry for all the posts, I'm sure it bores the people that are familiar with this site...as you can see I'm new.

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This is what my idea of a Counterweight would look like.
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LOL As lovely as that looks its hooked up wrong. The flip top opens/lifts on the right.
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* Pulley and Sash Weight not shown.
* Shown is ceiling slit for movement of cord weight
* The Sash weight cord does have be steel cable
* The counterweight pulley needs to be mounted as close as possible to the top of the steel support column.
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