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[April 6, 2009]


I have always had an issue with my side hinges being impossible to get a pin into. I didn't quite know what to do about them. A local RV builder had an awesome suggestion -- take some scrap hinge pins and hit one end with a mallet to flatten it slightly. Then chuck the hinge pin in a drill and run it through the eyelets. The idea is the flattened hinge portion is a larger diameter then the eyelets of the hinge and will bore them out slightly.


Well, this technique turned out to work AWESOME. I needed to heat the hinge pin up with a blow torch until it was glowing red to get it to flatten with a hammer. My first attempt had the flattened portion too wide. I used the scotchbrite wheel to iteratively get it to the right diameter.


I have never been able to insert the side hinges in completely from the inside knobs.


This is the hinge pin in 100% of the way. Wow, this is awesome. Great night!

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