Fridge Slide Recangular Grommets

Submitted: Friday, May 18, 2012 at 21:21
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I am trying to organise some tie down points on my fridge slide which is made from 50 x 50 x 3 mm angle. I was going to cut some slots and insert some rectangular shaped grommets to protect the tie down straps. I could not find any of these at Clark Rubber, Industrial Rubber Supplies or Universal Engineering Supplies. I did find some doing a web search but they were wholesalers and could not help me. I did ask who retails them here in Perth but no response.
I only assume they are grommets used on the commercial slides. Anyone know where I can buy some ? Thanks Peter
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Reply By: nunga - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 21:37

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 21:37
Hi Pete, I think the grommets would tear from the stress actually. You might be best to use some insertion rubber which is a reinforced rubber having a cloth insert. Cut some strips and place this in the slots to insulate the straps from chafing. Clark rubber sell this and you just cut it to suit with a stanley knife, and is in expensive. See how you go. Cheers, Graeme.
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Follow Up By: kwk56pt - Friday, May 18, 2012 at 21:48

Friday, May 18, 2012 at 21:48
Thanks Graeme, you are probably correct. They may not even be grommets used on the commercial slides either as I have not had a good look at one. I will check out clarke rubber again.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:26

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:26
As the strap should only bear on the underside of the upper edge of the slot, could you use small section pinch weld on that edge?

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Follow Up By: kev.h - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 15:52

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 15:52
Pinch weld I'll second that from upholstery shop, motor trimmers, clark rubber or even the wreckers cheap as chips and does the job
Or as I have done instead of the slot you cut a u shape out of the angle then weld in a section of 10mm round bar if you want further protection fit a piece of hose over the round bar
Cheers Kev
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Reply By: Lex M - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:22

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:22
I use a split piece of reinforced garden hose in the slots.
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Follow Up By: kwk56pt - Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 21:45

Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 21:45
Some great ideas thanks, As I cant weld cutting to slots on a 45 degree angle and some pinch weld sounds like a plan. is the easiest way to cut a slot a case of drill two holes apart and then jigsaw out the material in between or is there a better way ?
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