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Old 07-04-2013, 03:38 AM   #1
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So i dont want to spend $500 on a cooler so i buy cheap igloos. The only problem is the latches and hinges only last for a short time. Ive already replaced the "lid leash"(the inside plasic strap that pulls out and allows the lid to fall all the way back) with some chain.
Do any of yall know a good way to replace the latches, most importantly, and also the hinges? Obviously the hinges can be replaced with a stainless hinge from a hardware store but i havent figured a way to make a homemade latch. And for some reason youtube doesnt have any videos of a homemade latch. Am i the only one that has ran into this problem???? No way! Help me out!! Thanks.
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Good question. I guess I have always just replaced the hinge with stainless steel hinges and the handles with a piece of schedule 40 PVC and rope and never put much thought into the front latch.

I am interested as well.
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To me its crazy that someone hasnt made a youtube video on how to fix these problems. All the parts on a igloo cooler are made to break. Ill post a picture of the way i fixed the inner lid leash.
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It's nothing fancy but I bought some cheap chain, washers and drywall hangers from home depot. When I say drywall hanger I'm talking about the plastic piece the expands inside when the screw is driven into it so it doesn't pull out. Here is a pic of how the inside ended up.
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Thanks since I have never really thought about the interior chain/catch. That's what usually kills the original hinges anyway. I need to look at my coolers for this. I am assuming you are using stainless for the repair???
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a thick piece of leather!
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How about if they just sold replacement parts?

http://www.igloocoolers.com/All-Replacement-Parts

I know I've seen these at Academy....probably all over though.
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leather will work, my dad used it years ago.
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I used gorilla duct tape folded over several times (hinges) and it's lasted a while!!!!
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leather will work, my dad used it years ago.
I used an old nylon I got from a crane operator to worn to use for lifting loads,inch/half wide, the length of cooler several screws to spead the stress points been working fine for a while now
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