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Re: mounting 9" handhold without backside access
Dual lock is amazingly superior to velcro. It's what holds up most of our headliner and has very high shear and tensile strength.
However, it has two weaknesses. The first is by design. It can be separated by leverage, it's supposed to be able to come apart. If you were to lever the handhold to the side, it would release the dual lock. Second, the less intentional, is the adhesive for the strips does fail over time (ask me how I know). The two halves of the dual lock stay well connected, but it detaches from it's subsurface. Perhaps that could be overcome by better adhesive, but you'd need to remove what comes on it first. Maybe a version comes without any adhesive.
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