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How to Pull the Refrigerator Handle Switch Prank

Most refrigerators allow for reversing the door swing. Normally you also switch the handle. But not if you want to thoroughly confuse the victim of this practical joke.


  • Step 1: Remove top hinge Remove the top hinge on the refrigerator by taking out the lag bolts with the wrench.
  • Step 2: Remount Remount the hinge on the opposite side of the fridge.
  • Step 3: Leave other hardware Leave the other hinges and the handle in their original positions. It will be cross-hinged and impossible to open.
  • TIP: You can also switch all the hinges, making it possible to open from the non-handle side, but this requires remounting three hinges and completely removing both doors.
  • Step 4: Lay in wait Hang around the fridge area during lunchtime and wait for hapless victims.
  • Step 5: Watch in amusement Watch in amusement as they helplessly struggle with the hopelessly stuck fridge door.
  • FACT: Refrigerators typically consume about one-sixth of all the electricity used in a typical home -- more than any other single household appliance.

You Will Need

  • A bottom-freezer refrigerator
  • A wrench
  • A screwdriver
  • One or more unwitting victims

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