"Stuck Hatch"

Submitted: Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 09:29
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In our 2nd hand Paramount, above the table is a small (125X125) vent. It appears, looking at it from the roof, to open to the rear.

It wont open easily and before using excessive force I was wondering if any others out there has encountered a similar "Stuck Hatch"?

I guess its always possible that the previous owner may have glued it shut?

Because it seems to open to the rear it would draw rarther than pressurise. Would this be correct?

........ and get those air-cons working in the south and the umberella's up in the north. Is there a message from mother nature in all this?


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Reply By: Foxhound (WA) - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 09:44

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 09:44
They have a rubber seal under the lift up door. Over time with not being opened for a while the door welds it`s self to the seal and can take a fair bit of pressure to open it. A piece of wood and a sharp tap with a hammer will do the job. You may have to glue the seal back into the frame then get a tube of rubber grease from an auto parts shop and smear on the seal to stop it sticking. Rubber grease is good to use around window seals on vans to stop them sticking also,,,Regards.
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Follow Up By: Seakarvan - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:15

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:15
Thanks Foxhound, the rubber grease idea is brilliant mate!


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Reply By: gottabjoaken - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 11:09

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 11:09
before you go thumping it, Searkarvan, I would look carefully at the way you think it should open.

If it is a pressure hatch, it ought to have its hinges at the back so it opens at the front.

unless someone has turned it around.....

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Follow Up By: Seakarvan - Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:49

Monday, Feb 02, 2009 at 17:49
G'day gottabjoaken,

I checked the hinges 1st thing and that's what initially confused me. Yup, sure enough its facing the wrong.


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