Seachoice Chrome over Brass Lifting Handles make cabinets, hatches, drawers and anything else easy to open with a traditional look and feel. Highly polished chrome plated brass rings are designed for hatches and doors. They are designed to be flush mounted, and the handle is recessed to keep it out of the way when not in use.
The base measures 3" x 2-1/8". Install handles with #8 type standard screws.
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how much weight can this pull without breaking/bending etc.?
I installed the handle on my engine room hatch with 4 one inch wood screws. I'm not sure what the weight is. The answer really is based on how much you can lift with three fingers in the handle. The handle is very robust and I have confidence it will last a long time.
I have not bolted one of these handles to the overhead and attached weight to it until it breaks but I know that with it screwed to mahogany with 1" #8 screws that the screws will pull out of the wood before the handle breaks. I replaced the piece of wood, re-bedded the handle using West System epoxy and 4 #8 screws. It regularly lifts a heavy hatch cover (approximately 125# with no problems.
can I get it with a brass finish (not chrome)?
I don't know, I would think only if they listed it so. mine of course was chrome, they should be able to answer this question.
How thick is the fixture? Want to make the top fixture flush with the top surface.
It's about 1/2" thick overall. I used it in 1/2" plywood and the center needed to be cut through but it did not protude out the other side even though I resesed the flange 1/8" into the plywood.
the top is apx. 1/8" thick. the recess for the handle is apx 1/4". both numbers will need to considered to flush mount.
The edges of the assembly and the areas around the screws is about 1/8" deep, the area in way of the handle recess and the hinge area for the handle are about 7/16" deep. It requires some skill to cut a good recess, you want the recess under the screws and around the edge to be an 1/8" deep, then you need to cut a 7/16" deep recess the shape of the handle and handle hinge area. I did it by marking the area, then cutting with a dremel and burr, controlling the depth of cut free hand and test fitting frequently.
Used a router to carve a "bed" in the wood to install this lifting handle flush with the trap door. It's just what we wanted and needed!
This Seachoice Flush mounted lifting handle is an exact replacement for the one installed at the factory in 1975 when my boat was built. I think that the only way it could be improved would be to spring load the handle so it would return itself to the stowed position.
Mermaid Marina, Decaturville, TN
Exact Replacement for original part
The handle exactly replaces the factory installed part on my 37 year old Gibson houseboat. There is no way of knowing the brand of the lifting handle that was replaced but the Seachoice handle was identical to the original. The fit was perfect.