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PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:19 pm 
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My family bought me a Hotpoint Fridge Freezer but the handles are on the side so when it slots into the gap next to my built in cupboards I have to have it forward otherwise I can't open it Can I adapt the handles so they are front facing rather than side facing please


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whats the model number ?


edit. what about suction handles ?

eg.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beckly-Necessa ... dle+fridge

or

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Starnearby-Sup ... le+suction



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Thanks. It’s a LAO85 FF1IW model. Good call on sucker handles my only concern is how strong the suckers are and if they are heavy duty enough to open a fridge door


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shamick59 wrote:
Good call on sucker handles my only concern is how strong the suckers are and if they are heavy duty enough to open a fridge door


There will be no problem opening a fridge door with them.

I, (and many others) use them (often in bathrooms) to provide stability for disabled people. I've found that they will let go after time so they have to be checked periodically before use in that situation but when fitted to a clean surface they will take the weight (120lb.) of my own personal spastic.

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You maybe able to use handles from a similar model (the doors are used on other models)

I will do a bit of digging

What is the distance between the screw holes ?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Smeg-Cap ... SwKflZOZCa



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Can you not turn the doors round so the handles are on the other side? Most fridges have this facility, look at the top and you will probably find a screw holding the existing hinge in place and there should be a corresponding hole (plugged) on the other side - straightforward to move the hinge to the other side.

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ayjay wrote:
my own personal spastic.

You, sir, just made me spit a gob-full of tea over my keyboard. It's so rare to see the British, dark sense of humour, in full swing on t'internet these days. :lol:
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Can you not turn the doors round so the handles are on the other side? Most fridges have this facility, look at the top and you will probably find a screw holding the existing hinge in place and there should be a corresponding hole (plugged) on the other side - straightforward to move the hinge to the other side.

I'm going to guess that if the fridge is too wide to fit in the available gap with handle on left, it'll probably also be too wide with the handle on the right. :wink:

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chrrris wrote:
ayjay wrote:
my own personal spastic.


You, sir, just made me spit a gob-full of tea over my keyboard. It's so rare to see the British, dark sense of humour, in full swing on t'internet these days. :lol:


I know it's no longer PC to call them Spastics, but that's exactly what my wife is - she even goes to "Spasticity Clinics" and has drugs to treat "Spasticity" as part of her drug regime for dealing with her MS.

https://www.mstrust.org.uk/a-z/spasticity-and-spasms

If the medical profession would come up with a different term, I'd probably use it, but as it is, she's a Spastic.

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54aardvark wrote:
Can you not turn the doors round so the handles are on the other side? Most fridges have this facility, look at the top and you will probably find a screw holding the existing hinge in place and there should be a corresponding hole (plugged) on the other side - straightforward to move the hinge to the other side.


Unfortunately not as there is a wall the otherside


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chrrris wrote:
ayjay wrote:
my own personal spastic.

You, sir, just made me spit a gob-full of tea over my keyboard. It's so rare to see the British, dark sense of humour, in full swing on t'internet these days. :lol:
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Can you not turn the doors round so the handles are on the other side? Most fridges have this facility, look at the top and you will probably find a screw holding the existing hinge in place and there should be a corresponding hole (plugged) on the other side - straightforward to move the hinge to the other side.

I'm going to guess that if the fridge is too wide to fit in the available gap with handle on left, it'll probably also be too wide with the handle on the right. :wink:


Yep you are correct there is a wall the other side


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Bob225 wrote:
You maybe able to use handles from a similar model (the doors are used on other models)

I will do a bit of digging

What is the distance between the screw holes ?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Smeg-Caple-Balay-Universal-Fridge-and-Freezer-Door-Handle-fits-most-models/192211699760?hash=item2cc0b5c830:g:USsAAOSwKflZOZCa


I'm at work at mo but will measure tonight thanks


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ayjay wrote:
I know it's no longer PC to call them Spastics, but that's exactly what my wife is - she even goes to "Spasticity Clinics" and has drugs to treat "Spasticity" as part of her drug regime for dealing with her MS.

I'm going to guess the current PC term will be "MS sufferer" or something (at least in your wife's case...), but these things change so often I can't keep up. On a vaguely similar note, it took me ages to remember which of "dwarf" or "midget" was the one you're allowed to day and which was an insult.

It was more the term "my own personal spastic" that made me chuckle. A brutal honesty that you don't get to see/hear very often these days. I was working at an office of the Spastics Society in Banstead when they were rebranding to "Scope" -- must have been way back in the late 80s or early 90s when political correctness was really beginning to take hold. Can't even remember what I was doing there -- I'm guessing it must have been something to do with computers at that sort of time. I do remember thinking to myself "just don't even talk about it" because I was so afraid of using the wrong terminology and inadvertently insulting someone. Things like that are a minefield, quite unnecessarily IMHO.

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Bob225 wrote:
You maybe able to use handles from a similar model (the doors are used on other models)

I will do a bit of digging

What is the distance between the screw holes ?

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Smeg-Caple-Balay-Universal-Fridge-and-Freezer-Door-Handle-fits-most-models/192211699760?hash=item2cc0b5c830:g:USsAAOSwKflZOZCa

The distance between the screw centres is 20cm


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If you are still struggling to find something that will do the job, try these ;

https://www.espares.co.uk/

They supply handles that fit other makes, you just have to send them a photo and a few details and they may be able to help.

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