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Old 10-01-2009, 10:11 AM   #15
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I had to elongate the upper holes in my door frame in order to close a upper gap also. I used serrated plates under the nuts to hold it in place. I found the plate in my misc. hardware box at work so I have no idea what airplane it came off of originally. I just cut it in half to work.
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:16 PM   #16
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Well I bit the bullet. The idea of a backer plate was and is a good one but under further investigation I had a gap at the top that the plate would not address.

I installed shims. One shim at the top of the door side of the hinge to close the gap at the top of the door. Yes this difference was enough to push the top of the door in. One shim along the inside edge of the frame side of the hinge, screwdriver points to it, to pull the beauty line back into position.

Never did figure out where the displacement came from as there was no evidence of wear in the hinge and no evidence that the hinge had moved
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:02 PM   #17
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I decided to try to gain access to my lower door bolts today.

I cut a clean neat hole, had a VERY small crack to look into to try to locate the nuts and all I could see and feel was some sort of rubbery putty all up and down where the nuts should be.......

I used a tiny mirror and could not see anything.

Do you think the nuts and bolts are covered that deep in silicone or putty ? It feels like rubbery silcone and it's a yellow tan color.

I closed her up for now because I did not want to do any damage.

The hinge on my door is moving a bit when closing door but it will just have to wait until I get the nerve to go back in.

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Old 10-01-2009, 09:04 PM   #18
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Yes the nuts are enclosed in caulk but it can be cut with a utility knife.

I opened up the wall with 2 holes around the hinge nuts. Just keep the holes small enough, about 1 1/4, that you can cover them with common blank white electrical plates. The holes will end up very close to the door frame and the covers will be off center to the holes at the edge of the frame when your done.

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Old 10-01-2009, 09:24 PM   #19
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I knew there had to be a reason I could not feel them.

I was hesitant to cut my hole very big until I looked it over.

Any way to see pics of your finished job so I can copy it ?

My door trim is a nice piece of aluminum that starts at the bottom and goes all the way around my door.

The door frame also has a pretty wide thing I will have to go behind to get to the bolts/nuts. So I will need a good way to cover the hole up.

Thanks a bunch.

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