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  • #16
    Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

    I loved the idea but after waiting almost 8 weeks I canceled my order with Sears Parts. Funny that their website say in stock but after you order them they never appear and when you call they say they are on back order. I will figure out how to get them locally.

    Charles
    Charles

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    • #17
      Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

      See my post above.

      They're known as "Swell Latches".

      Go to Reid Supply

      http://www.reidsupply.com/GrpResults...1911&apid=0&bi=

      Order your latches.

      Be Happy.

      It's so easy a Plumber could do it.
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      • #18
        Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

        Thanks a bunch. I will give them a try.

        Charles
        Charles

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        • #19
          Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

          Hey BobD.

          Do you know which part number at Reid is the one we need?

          Thanks!
          Brandon



          Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
          See my post above.

          They're known as "Swell Latches".

          Go to Reid Supply

          http://www.reidsupply.com/GrpResults...1911&apid=0&bi=

          Order your latches.

          Be Happy.

          It's so easy a Plumber could do it.
          I bleed RIDGID orange...

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          • #20
            Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

            Strange, I was going to look for this thread today. I got my latches yesterday. I had completely forgot that I had ordered them. Oh well, now to the install.

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            • #21
              Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

              Originally posted by blboyd View Post
              Hey BobD.

              Do you know which part number at Reid is the one we need?

              Thanks!
              Brandon


              SC-1912 should work.

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              • #22
                Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

                I saw this thread a while back and thought I'd order the latches. After waiting a while I got impatient and came up with another solution. I simply drilled out a slightly larger hole in the motor cover and epoxied in some rare earth magnets. They hold the cover tight to the frame and it's not hard to open, either. I bought them as part of a package from Hartville tool. I think I got 50 of different sizes for like $15. Hope that helps someone.

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                • #23
                  Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

                  I thought of trying the magnets, but wanted a more positive lock so bumping the cover open would not be a problem.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

                    Bet ya if you use a good pair of rare earth magnets, it shouldn't be an issue.

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                    • #25
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                      I like the rare earth magnet trick. I'm thinking if I am able to bump the cover open I probably have more pressing concerns.

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                      • #26
                        Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

                        Well, I got my swell latches from "Reid" this week and just installed them. Work great. Instead of drilling out the factory welded nuts I just went above the top one and below the bottom one and drilled new holes. If I ever needed to go back to the original set up I can. Don't order from Sears but go direct to "Reid". Thanks Bob for the link.
                        Last edited by NW Diver; 12-21-2009, 09:32 PM.
                        Charles

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                        • #27
                          Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

                          You're a genius NW Diver.... Isn't it a hoot that little things add up to make a great solution??? Where do you dive at?

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                          • #28
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                            Thanks, I figured it was easier to drill new holes that try to drill out the old one's with the welded nut. I have to thank the original poster (mandmj) for the idea and Bob for the link.

                            I dive mostly in Puget Sound and the West Coast. But all my vacations are dive ones to warm tropical beaches. Wife says I can take her anywhere that has hot sand, warm tropical water and no phones any time.
                            Charles

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                            • #29
                              Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

                              Dive mainly here in the midwest... Gravel pits, Lake Michigan... visibility sucks but it's still pretty cool. Have a ten year old daughter doing the PADI Seal Class... really neat. Wish I could have done it when I was a kid.... ordered my clasps from Reid yesterday. Really like your idea. What size holes did you drill?

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                              • #30
                                Re: Cheap and Easy R4511 Upgrade

                                I have talked to divers from the Mid-West that dive in gravel pits, fish ponds and watering troughs. Tough way to dive. I know what you mean about low vis.

                                I drilled the holes .338, snug but not too small. I did have to put a couple of small flat washers on the swell latch and then the rubber piece. The thickness of the plastic housing did not give me enough bite when I latched it.
                                Charles

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