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    You could always get a small chain to hold the thing up when it's in the "down" position

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    Hey after looking at the first pic again, a piano hinge might just work after all. As long as it's straight. Cut off the bottom ears, but keep the middle ones. They'll help keep every thing aligned when it's closed. Though if you do end up using a piano hinge, you won't have to worry about that either.
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    Hey Barry,
    Thanks for you idea, something like this you mean ? www.ceshepherd.com/hinge_plastic.html

    I would probably have to cut it to the right size or i could try and find these http://www.craftechind.com/hinges.htm .

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    Found something to hold up the flap when it comes down. Maybe something like this http://www.lanyardsupply.com/lanyard...e-reels-14.htm

    But the damn string is too long.

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    Those break all the freakin time. I've gone through 4 of 'em in a year for my ID badge at work.

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    get a linear actuator

    then you can just press a button

    lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by FC3S View Post
    get a linear actuator

    then you can just press a button

    lol
    aah! i wish it was that simple . I did search for a few of those after your message but they seem to be pushing out straight rods, in my case i would have to angle it and i dont know if there would be enough room for the motor housing. I had thought of a rotary type device earlier that would release a string or chain but didnt have much luck finding one.

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    All you'd have to do to get a linear actuator to work is give it a little "L" bracket to push/pull on and some way to break the static tension when the thing is in the "down" position.

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    yeah, what shadow said

    but linear actuators are big and chunky, lol

    too bad no one makes any with like 3v hobby motors, i'd buy a million of those

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    MPJA sells small linear stepper motors.

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