Thread Number: 75688  /  Tag: Refrigerators
Fixing or Re-Casting Broken Plastic Door-Handle
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Post# 995155   5/25/2018 at 08:42 by DavidAtlas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)        

A chunk of the handle-portion of my General Electric refrigerator freezer door is missing. I'm wondering about glueing a piece of metal over it, or possibly repairing with another resin or plastic. Does anyone have any experience with re-casting or mending plastics? I haven't found any threads on here about this sort of thing but please direct me if it's been covered before!

My fear is that someone (probably me) will eventually break the remaining portion of the handle if I don't fix this!

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Post# 995157 , Reply# 1   5/25/2018 at 08:47 by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
can you fashion epoxy putty?

Hobby Lobby, etc. carried Miliput two part putty. It comes in white, yellow, etc. It can be sanded to shape once dry, painted if desired.
I've used to repair a chip in fine china. Good stuff. It's from England.

Post# 995192 , Reply# 2   5/25/2018 at 17:55 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I'm trying to think of a sleeve that you could fit onto the the existing damaged pull, on the order of, but much larger and thicker than one of those spines that slides over a folded 17" x 11" sheet of clear plastic that serves as a protector for sheets of paper, like for a written report or whatever for a school assignment. 


I feel like I've seen something like this in home improvement stores, but can't think of the department or its purpose.  Probably a plastic trim piece for cabinetry or whatever.  If such an item exists, you could cut it to size and slide it on, or use some JB Weld to attach it permanently.  I think there's enough left of the broken off section to allow a scheme like this to work.

Post# 995479 , Reply# 3   5/28/2018 at 19:06 by DavidAtlas (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)        

I was thinking of something like a plastic report-clip! I'll have to check out the trim department for something like that. Re-casting it with epoxy will be my fallback. Will post my solution either way, thanks for the help!

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