The rubber was coming off the lower door handle of my refrigerator direct replacement not available
Charles B. • San Antonio, TX • April 04, 2015
Appliance: Model SEARS MODEL 106-?
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Researched and found a handle that appeared to be a part that would fit. Part was returnable if it didn't fit.
1. Removed the broken handle and all trim. Dry fit the new handle.
a. The trim does not fit with the new handle. The chrome strip inside the handle is too short. Discard. The lower trim strip is held on with a 1/4" sheet metal screw under the plastic trim insert. Remove the screw and discard.
b. The slotted insert under the handle has no screw hole in the door at the location needed.
c. The lower chrome/black trim strip doesn't fit with the new handle. Discard
d. The plastic cap for the top of the handle too narrow for the new handle. Discard.
2. Mark face of door exactly 12" from top surface, and 1 1/8" in from door edge.
3. Drill small hole (1/16") for self threading screw at the mark.
4. Install one of the screws removed from the bottom into the hole from 3. above, leaving small gap between head and surface of door.
5. With handle horizontal, top pointed away from the door, slip the slotted insert of the handle onto the screw in 4. above.
6. Turn handle upright so the holes in top line up with holes on top of door. (Only one hole will line up).
7. Using one of the screws from old handle, fasten top bracket to top of door.
8. Drill small hole in top of door using screw hole in the handle as a guide.
9. Check bottom screw for tightness in slot. Remove handle and adjust if needed.
10. Insert second top screw and tighten.
11. Insert another screw into the hole where the 1/4" sheet metal screw was removed in 1.a.
(Paint the head of the screw to match the door if you want.)
Time consumed: Thinking - Maybe an hour. Doing - about 30 minutes.