03:14PM | 05/07/09
Member Since: 05/06/09
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I have just purchased a home that the return air filter grill latches are missing. These are the two latches that hold the grill in place, they are round on one side that you turn to move the holding bar into place to hold the grill. Does anyone know if I can purchase these two replacement latches, and if so where. I really don't want to pay $160.oo for a replacement grill when all that's wrong are the missing latches. Thanks to anyone for your help.


05:11AM | 12/10/09
Member Since: 12/09/09
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Did you have any luck finding the latches? I have the same problem.


08:49PM | 07/22/10
Member Since: 07/22/10
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Driving me NUTZ! I have contacted more than FOUR Grille manufacturers - No-One seems to know who makes these things. I think they must be made in Lower Slobovia and shipped by SUBMARINE to the US! In fact ONLY TWO of the 5 grilles in my house use these fasteners - and ONE has broken. Whenever the AC starts, the grille now slams up into the filter box. I've included a top and a side view of the broken fastener. If anyone has a CLUE (HEY BOB VILA!) - sure would appreciate being pointed in the right direction.


07:52PM | 07/23/10
Member Since: 07/22/10
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?? Plumbers Epoxy - - Don't think so. Finally got fed up - fortunately I still had the busted one. Traced out the extended shape on a piece of aluminum. Put 2 holes in it with clearance for #4 machine screws (in the right place). Then got my trusty Dremel with burr and hogged out the shape. Went to L0we$ and picked up a #43 drill bit and a 4-40 tap (came in a set for $4). Put 2 matching holes in the remains of the latch, tapped them out, and attached the new latch extension with a couple of #4-40 screws. Works like a champ.


07:25AM | 09/06/10
Member Since: 09/05/10
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Is ther any way you can make me one?--it would be much cheaper than me trying to buy/rent the tools and figuring it out myself. I will gladly pay you for one. I have searched high and low--very frustrating.




12:49PM | 09/16/10
Member Since: 09/15/10
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I work for a home builder and i have just come acroos the same issue and in doing some home work the part is made by a co. named shoemaker but is no longer made they went to the new thumb latch

here is web page looks like you have got the ticket on how to fix the issue


11:27PM | 04/15/13
There is also a company that sells several brands of grilles in Suwanee GA called JEDCO Supply. I recently shopped there and they were pretty nice. This model is does not have the latches but it won't cost 160.00 to replace the whole grille from them.



05:11PM | 08/16/15
Member Since: 08/16/15
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I have the exact grill as pictured under the post and do not know how to open it to change the filter. I am scared to start pulling and pushing because, with my luck, I will break the darn thing. Any help is appreciated.


11:18AM | 09/07/15
Well I'm glad to see, I am not the only person, to have this problem we these cheap doors,
and so called latches.


02:13PM | 11/12/15
We have the same issue. Ours is on the ceiling and the door slams open when the AC or heater turns on. I will try a twist tie or paper clip as the covers are only 5 yrs old. A white twist tie should at least blend in with the white cover. Any other suggestions much appreciated.
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