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September 21, 2007

Radio Box Safety Rail


Have you ever opened your radio box while underway and had a thousand dollars worth of cameras, binoculars and cell phones come tumbling out? To prevent this from happening, I installed a safety rail on my radio box. First, I bought a 3/8" diameter, 36" long piece of aluminum bar stock at a home-improvement store. Then I measured the height I wanted the bar to be—high enough to hold things in the radio box and to clear the latch on the cover. First, I bent the bar stock in a vise by heating it with a propane torch, then I drilled and tapped the ends of the bar for #10 screws, drilled holes in the bottom of my box and mounted the rail. Now I can leave my radio box open while underway and everything stays put.

—Paul Ripa, North Miami Beach, Florida