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Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Posted by buehl (My Page) on
Thu, Oct 2, 08 at 13:51

Well my Häfele foot pedal came today. So I opened the box to look for the instructions and, yes!, they're in the bag with parts. So...I open the bag up and start to read the directions for installing it.

Hmmmm.....I think we have a problem....it's all in German!!! And, it's been too many years to count since I had German in college!

Well, my DS is taking German I in HS and I considered asking him to take the directions to his teacher translate (and thinking she might even give him extra credit if he struggled through the translation himself).

Instead, my DS takes it and, using computer, translates it. And this is what the translation says....


Assembly instructions

pedal 3690 for cabinets with front excerpt


The door opener consists of:

1) pedal with a magnet (Fig. 1)

2) Against plate (55 x 75 mm) b (Fig. 1)

3) Spring ( Figure 2)


1) Fixing the pedal:

The pedal is assembled under the wardrobe closet in the middle of subsoil (see Figure 1) angschroubt (through holes ø 4.5 mm). The long holes allow fine tuning, so that both magnets fully in the counter-plate concerns.


2) Fixing the counter plate:

The opposite panel should be included in the back of the front panel be admitted. Fasten with 3 screws.


3) Fixing the spring:

Between the cabinet and the underbody extract soil is placed under the spring. One end of the spring is under the rear end of the excerpt soil, the other end to the cabinet front underbody screwed (see Figure 2). When you insert the extract is the spring and excited by the pedal in Magnetschnapper held in position. The operation of the pedal triggers a breaking of the magnetic plate from the opposite, making the spring force of the spring and the excerpt released is driven out.


Gotta love computers...so literal minded!


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Very amusing - You know what they say: "To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer". I'm sure You've already checked their website to see they have English instructions available.


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

So what's confusing you the most.....where to get the underbody extract soil or is it the excited Magnetschnapper? That is pretty darn funny!


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

We installed ours -- we just used the picture. What I found odd was that in the pic there are *two* cords, one for each side, but only one came with the package. How many did you get?


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Well, am I ever glad to have this information before hiring installers! Now all I have to do is look for someone who spreken zie Deutch!


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One end of the spring is under the rear end of the excerpt soil, the other end to the cabinet front underbody screwed (see Figure 2). When you insert the extract is the spring and excited by the pedal in Magnetschnapper held in position.

I thought this was supposed to be a family-friendly, G rated site? :O


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Ouch! I was just reading over what I posted and I noticed that my grammar is almost as bad as the translation!

My husband looked at me this afternoon and asked worriedly, is there an English version somewhere. Uh...sort of. All I've found so far is a 1-page PDF showing pull out trash cans & the foot pedal. I do, however, have MeToo2's directions so hopefully we'll muddle through!

Flyleft....we just have one spring.


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"When you insert the extract is the spring and excited by the pedal in Magnetschnapper held in position."

What a positively titillating read! Who needs romance novels when you have foot pedal instructions?! If I smoked I'd be having a cigarette right now.

Too funny.


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

OMG! I am sitting here crying I am laughing so hard. What a riot. However, I happen to have ordered their blind corner cabinet thingy. Lord only knows what those instructions will be like!


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Hey buehl - where did you order it & how much? My cabinet guy is not real gadgety...


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

To funny! We just followed the diagrams when we installed ours. If you get stuck and need help, give me a holler.


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Jnjmom...I ordered it from TrashCansAndMore. They have both versions...the one for trash bins hanging from rails and the one for trash bins sitting in a base.

Trash bins sitting on base: http://www.trashcansandmore.com/Hafele-502.15.113-YQ1004.html ($35 + 6.99 shipping)

Trash bins hanging from rails: http://www.trashcansandmore.com/Hafele-502.15.220-YQ1005.html ($59 + free shipping)

Another site that sells them: http://www.kitchensource.com/trash/ha-5-43.htm & http://www.kitchensource.com/trash/ha-5-44.htm [Note the $12 shipping + $10 minimum order fee/surcharge]


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Great -- thanks!!


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Oh dear, to add to our growing list of Things We Must Have in our next kitchen, do we have to add in the Magnetschnapper as well? LOLOL!!


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Flyleft where did you purchase yours? I have seen a reference to the two spring version but only on UK sites. It's supposed to be good for heavier loads. I'm wondering if it might possibly be strong enough to overcome the softclose mechanism. Sure would be great to have both features. Did you install both springs? I am looking into which pedal to get. It seems like either one could be made to work with the rev-a-shelf 5349 series, but which requires less mods and is there any hope for keeping the soft close?


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Ginnytrcka, my trash pullout is a RAS 5349 series and I have the silver Hafele pedal. The only modification needed was to remove the softclose- the bungee hooked right onto the holes on the back of the pullout.

I can't see how any opener would be compatible with the softclose. Indeed, the more powerful the spring-action, the worse off you'll be with the soft close because the soft close and opener tension oppose eachother.


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When you insert the extract is the spring and excited by the pedal in Magnetschnapper held in position.

I think my mouse is blushing.

Where might I find a Magnetschnapper? It sounds like a must-have kitchen gadget! ;^) :^D


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

Thanks, alku. I'm challenged in visualizing how things work --and I'm sure the translation didn't quite clear things up :)

I'll order the silver one and take out the soft close--far more important to open hands free.


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RE: Häfele Foot Pedal for Trash...want a chuckle?

All sounds perfectly clear to me! (NOT!) LOL, I must've missed this thread whent it was first posted. My pedal came (four years ago) with english instructions IIRC but mainly I think the pictures helped a lot. I love my foot pedal. And I agree, the soft close & pedal mechanism are working at cross purposes so I can't see how you could have both.


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