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Old 10-15-2018, 02:34 PM   #1
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drawers do not stay shut

Help, Going on a trip next week. The drawer with the push button will not stay shut. It opens on every corner during a drive. Short of duct tape does anyone have a solution to attach some kind of secure latch?
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:00 PM   #2
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A "Kid safe" or childproofing type stick on latch might be a good temporary solution.
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Old 10-15-2018, 03:28 PM   #3
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Those are the ones I bought to replace the ones SMB originally installed. They worked perfectly. You should check and see if they are the same as yours. Mine were all broken. Even if they arent the same, these work great. Super easy to install too.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:27 PM   #4
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We had this style of "push button" for over 8 years on seven cabinets and they have all performed properly. If yours are of this style they must have been installed improperly.
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We have that type of latch. Do you know where we confined one of these?
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https://www.rockler.com/positive-act...h-button-catch


If the latch is working properly then maybe you have a catch plate problem (missing, fell off).


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Old 10-16-2018, 12:09 PM   #7
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We have that type of latch. Do you know where we confined one of these?

The "brand name" latch of this style is a Southco M1-2A series pop out knob latch...


https://www.southco.com/en-us/m1-2a


There are numerous imported knock-offs of many Southco products; I've found that paying for the real thing is worth it in this case.



If your latch is a Southco, it will say Southco on it somewhere....in which case it's possibly installed incorrectly, or is the incorrect P/N. If it's not a Southco and you are interested in replacing it with a Southco part I can help you spec the correct P/N.


They usually have different P/N's for different finishes and panel thicknesses.


Many times you can find your exact P/N on ebay..especially for common finishes and 3/4" panel thickness...there happens to be 88 listings for Southco M1-2A latches on Ebay right now....and I'm sure some of them are knock-offs and some are the real deal.


They sell for around $15 on ebay
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Old boat trick: use an elastic band or a flat bungie cord looped around the handle and attached to the side of the cabinet. I am using this in my home-built and it works great.
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Help, Going on a trip next week. The drawer with the push button will not stay shut. It opens on every corner during a drive. Short of duct tape does anyone have a solution to attach some kind of secure latch?
Have you figured out what the drawer problem was? Was the latch broke or was the catch plate out of position (or missing)??? A response would help others with similar problems.
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