One day it finally ripped right out. I thought about using thicker screws but decided it would probably happen again as our basement baggage door gets lots of use. The problem is it is only attached by 3 screws. That and the amount of force exerted by the pneumatic lift cylinder is substantial.
The permanent fix would require more holding power and eliminate any wiggle at the attachment area. That would require more fasteners and a reinforcement plate of some kind. A trip to the local hardware store supplied the answer. The reinforcement plate would be a two gang metal electrical box cover. They cost less than $1 and are pretty thick. I choose self drilling 3/4″ hex head screws. The reason for the hex head is two fold. First they are easier to use than a Phillips head and second they have a small lip that will help hold the foot anchor to the door. That way I can have 6 screws holding the foot anchor instead of 3.
IMPORTANT SAFETY MESSAGE!
If you need to disconnect the gas strut from the anchor bracket do so with EXTREME CAUTION as they contain a lot of stored energy when compressed. The strut could suddenly release from its retaining clip if you try to remove it when it is compressed (even partially) and hit you in the face or eye!
Here is a handy hex screw kit that contains a variety of sizes. You can purchase at Amazon with the link below.
I was able to slide the metal plate under the trim of the door for cleaner look. I also marked the side of the trim with landmarks where the screws needed to go. This helped determine where the anchor foot should go.
I did this fix over a year ago when we were up in Alaska workamping for the summer. The screws have not backed off at all so I am confident this upgrade will last a long time. This is a simple repair that can be done in less than an hour and costs under $5!
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