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Loose Refrigerator Door Shelves Fix

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Loose Refrigerator Door Shelves Fix

Terry Fleming, Scottsdale, Arizona
Loose Refrigerator Door Shelves Fix
1999 Ford F-250
2018 Adventurer 80RB

Our 2018 Adventurer 80RB came equipped with a Dometic two-way refrigerator and freezer. Over time, the refrigerator door shelves became loose and would–with increasing frequency–give way, spilling their contents onto the floor. The refrigerator has otherwise performed flawlessly. I attribute the loose shelves to a combination of us overloading the shelves and age.

Fix For Loose Plastic Refrigerator Door Shelves 1

After a recent road trip, I had finally had enough of the mess caused by food unexpectedly exiting the refrigerator. Loose shelves don’t fix themselves.

Fix For Loose Plastic Refrigerator Door Shelves 2

I didn’t want to permanently mount the shelves. The shelves need to come out for cleaning, and I also didn’t want to give up the ability to adjust the spacing between shelves.

The solution was six #8 x 1/2 inch Phillips Modified Truss Head Zinc Plated Sheet Metal Screws that cost 16 cents each (see below). You can purchase them in small amounts at your local hardware store. Home Depot stocks them as well.

Fix For Loose Plastic Refrigerator Door Shelves Sheet Metal Screw

I predrilled the holes for the screws to prevent cracking the five year old plastic. One screw per end made the shelves snug and tight. The screw heads fill the space just enough that the shelves no longer slip. It was too easy.

Fix For Loose Plastic Refrigerator Door Shelves 3

The refrigerator door shelves are now rock solid, and we are ready for our next adventure.

Fix For Loose Plastic Refrigerator Door Shelves

It took me 20 minutes to complete this modification and cost me less than $1. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is easy.

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