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Adding A Cargo Net To The C-Max

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#21 OFFLINE   fbov

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 09:58 AM

While there are places you don't want to go, most of the car interior is benign. This looks like metal structure supporting the rear quarter which should be fine with mechanical stresses (within limits).

 

If you do a wrap-around, be aware that internal metal stampings may have sharp edged that could cut through over time. A magnetic attachment would be ideal if you can get enough holding force (scroll down)... Have a look here for some ideas; I even see a carabiner-based approach, so you're not far off!

http://www.mcmaster....holders/=ylc5gr

 

And be aware that McMaster Carr sells everything, so be careful when you shop...

 

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Posted 21 August 2015 - 10:09 AM

Thanks, Frank -- a bunch of those ties look like great options!

It reminded me that I had some slim velcro straps that just might work. Now I have to try to find them...



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Posted 08 September 2015 - 08:52 PM

I ended up using 6" (blue) reusable rubber twist ties ($3 @ Home Depot) to fasten carabiners to the metal car frame -- one on each side of the trunk (hatch?).  

http://www.homedepot...PK-03/203210604

 
Car rubber twist Tie - Blue

 

Since the twist ties hold their shape, preshaping them like a hook helped with threading it through the holes in the metal frame. Threading it took a few minutes since it's not easy to reach into the metal structure behind the cut-out in the plastic molding in the C-max (The photo above is looking up into the cut-out from the floor of the trunk).

 

The 6" ties just make it through the two holes in the metal support and around the carabiner. If the ties came in 8" or 10" it would probably be better/stronger... but the next size seems to be 12", which for me, left too much twist-tie left over (I didn't want to double it since I don't want it accidentally interfering with the seatbelt which also passes through the metal support).  

 

Since I used the twist tie to fasten a carabiner, I can fairly easily hook/unhook the cargo organizer using the caribiners. So far, these rubber twist-ties are doing the job well. I'll see if it holds up over time, or if heavy groceries and taking sharp turns ends up pulling the carabiner out of the twist tie grip.

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#24 OFFLINE   Bill-N

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Posted 09 September 2015 - 10:13 AM

Good job.

 

You might also consider heavy-duty cable ties, left in a loop, to attach the carabiner.

 

Do they still make pipe cleaners?  They are (were?) great for snaking stuff around and through holes.

 

 

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 06:05 PM

Thanks, Bill.

 

I have some velcro straps that seems similar in concept to cable ties (like these ~$3 ones at HD: http://www.homedepot...CS/202261928 ).I'll be trying those velcro straps if the rubber twist ties aren't strong enough. (The rubber ties are narrower and can maintain a hook-shape, so they were easier to thread and fasten in that space, so they got the first attempt).  

 

I have two kids, so we do actually have pipe cleaners, which I admit, I didn't even think of. That said, while the rubber twist ties seem similar in concept to pipe cleaners (it's basically rubber coating a wire instead of fuzz padding a wire), the rubber twist ties feel a bit more durable than the cheapo craft pipe cleaners we have.

 

(ETA: Just realized you may have meant to use the pipe cleaners for snaking other things through, rather than as the fastener themselves?)


Edited by Red, 11 September 2015 - 07:00 PM.


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Posted 12 September 2015 - 07:01 PM

 

(ETA: Just realized you may have meant to use the pipe cleaners for snaking other things through, rather than as the fastener themselves?)

 

Exactly.








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