We did a little investigating for our own home, back when we
became grandparents, and there's not a lot out there. You
probably already know that. Everyone seems to sell the
door-mounted nylon restraints that screw to the inside of the
doors. You open the doors a couple inches, then depress the nylon
arm to open them the rest of the way. We didn't mind the extra
couple holes in the door, so I went that route.
You might consider trying one and using the screw holding the door
knob in place to hold the base to the door. I've not tried that,
but it might work, even if you have to make your own base
extension for the nylon base. You could mount the factory unit to
1/8" plywood using flat head machine screws and nuts, then drill
the plywood and insert the knob screw with a washer on it, through
Baaaaaahhhhh, you young goat.
I think you meant to say "wipe the slobber off your chin", but not
If that is what you intended to say, I'll wipe the slobber off my chin
if you'll wipe the splooge off of yours........
Nobody else said it, so I will- they used to sell little battery-powered
alarms for applications like this. Smaller than a smoke detector, but
using a similar horn, linked to a photocell that tripped the alarm five
seconds after light hit it- hopefully enough time for a grown-up to turn
it off when they were in the drawer or cabinet. I haven't looked lately-
no idea if anyone still offers them. Seems like an obvious market niche.
Thank you for the suggestion. I took the prior suggestion offered to
use magnetic latches, which are activated using a magnet "key" carried
by the adult. These are quite ingenious, relatively inexpensive, and
serve the purpose especially well. The Amazon and other user reviews
are extremely complimentary, and confirm that the latches not only work
very well but are truly 'child-proof' while avoiding any drilling or
My thanks once again to Jim ('JimmyDahGeek') for the recommendation he
offered on Saturday.
the drilling is on the INSIDE and thus does not harm the cabinets.
Or maybe you could glue on the latches,using some modern glue,like
construction adhesive.Or glue on some strong magnets and metal plates.
maybe a trip to the nearest children's store to see what's currently
Kinda costly to put them on every cabinet door and drawer.
Don't need them on every door and drawer, just the dangerous/expensive
ones. (poisons, booze, sharp things, fragile heirlooms, etc.) If the kid
gets in the linen cabinet, just make them help fold them all up again.
That'll teach them.
Last I saw the things, they were only 2-3 bucks apiece. I bet if all the
HF regulars on here wrote to them and asked, they would have their China
OEMs run off a batch in a few weeks.
He's probably talking about little toddlers.
They're the ones for which you child-proof drawers and cabinets.
kids can pull out a drawer and have it fall on their head. A sharp item
could cut or puncture them.
Oh,and don't forget the TV stand and bookcases,kids are pulling them down
and getting killed by them. there are straps you can attach to the wall to
keep them from toppling if a kid pulls on them.
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