[TCML] Safety gap
jimlux at earthlink.net
Sat Nov 28 18:40:57 MST 2009
> But be advised that 99% of the hardware store "drawer pulls" are
> die-cast zinc, with an incredibly thin lacquered "brass finish". The
> will erode very quickly if they ever actually see an arc.
Easy to find out with a file on the back side (where the screw goes in).
Then, if the packaging said "brass" you can take it back and say
"uh-uh... this aint the alloy the package said it was"...
OR, don't worry about it. Your safety gap shouldn't be arcing all the
BTW, for about $10, you can also buy a nice doorknob/latch set with 2
spherical knobs about 1 1/2" -2" in diameter, and yes, those are solid
brass (thin, but solid). Very pretty, and fairly easy to figure out how
to mount. They might have a thin layer of some plastic coating on the:
it helps them not tarnish.
Places that do a lot of brass beds, lamp stands, coat racks, etc will
often have a supply of brass knobs and balls in a variety of colors and
sizes (e.g. stainless steel, chrome, etc.) all with convenient threaded
fittings on them. The trick is to find the "wholesale/repair" kind of
place, as opposed to a retail outlet. My best luck has been with going
to a furniture store and asking the repair guy where he gets his parts
OR getting the mfr name of the finished unit, and once you find one that
is in the US and not China, you call them (or google) and find their
distributors. (Turns out that a big maker of this stuff in the Los
Angeles area also makes brush guards and decorative metalwork for
SUVs... I guess.. once you have all the tubing benders and welding jigs,
whether you're welding up a brush guard or a coat stand, it's all the same)
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