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Use window balances for a cabinet panel

A contractor from Hackettstown, NJ says:
I am a cabinet designer/maker and I need some way to retain a sliding raised panel to cover a flat screen TV when not in use in an entertainment cabinet. I think that would like to use a window channel balancer that will be easy to slide but have enough tension to keep the panel in any position. Please advise, I am up for any suggestions that you may have...
Thank you,
Bob
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Mike from SWISCO responded:
Good Morning,

While we cannot help you with your new application project because we specialize in replacement hardware projects I can provide you with which size and strength balance you would need if you could provide the weight and size of the panel you are trying to lift. We have many different styles of window operators. You may want to look through all of them and see which would you could adapt to your project. After you choose which series balance you want to use, get back to me with your panel size and I will try to help you choose which size and strength balance you should use.
A quick learner from Hackettstown, NJ 07840 says:
Thank you, My panel measures 42"W x 30"H and weighs 21 lbs. I am looking for 2 window balances that will be easy to move up and down but will make my panel stay in any position. The application is for a TV cabinet & I am up for suggestions as to what type to use.
Thank you,
Bob
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
Bob, I can suggest you take a look at the Series 400 Spiral Balance, possibly the 30" inch balance, the S400-30. It can hold up to approximately 22 lbs, and stretch 60" with a bottom bracket 17-031.
A quick learner from Hackettstown, NJ 07840 says:
Bob, Thank you for your advise. What should I use for a top bracket? Should I order 2 sets of bottom brackets or does the spiral balance come with a top bracket that I can easily attach to a wooden panel (see attached photo).
User submitted image of cabinet face.
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
There is a hole on the top of the balance that a screw goes through to fasten the balance tube onto the window frame. You can use our 33-016 screw - which is a stainless steel screw.
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