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Old 12-14-2021, 09:50 AM   #1
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SECURE Interior Hinges... easily

Cabinet hinges and the under the sink hinges vibrate loose.

If you found cabinet doors on the floor... this will help. Inexpensive to do and maybe need to check the hinges occasionally that this technique is working. You must tighten the hinge components first.

The biggest culprit is a very small screw that vibrates loose between the two parts. the front snaps off. You will need help to remove the three and two hinges to snug up this one flat heat screw. Also secure any others. The release is at one end of the hinge unit. It is awkward to remove and replace... but I did it, you can as well.

Snug the 'wood screws' into the doors themselves. If loose, a toothpick or use a larger diameter screw, Gorilla Glue... is easy to use, hard to remove. Whatever you find most convenient. Try snugging up the hardware first.

If snugging up the hardware fails... use more drastic measures. Tooth pick. Gorilla Glue and insert the tooth pick and snap the 'pick' off. Make sure the toothpick snaps OFF flush so not to interfere with the hinge surface.

Now that you have read this far... Nylon Zip Ties. Yep... work for us since 2008. This was posted on the Airforums and probably the most useful interior FIX to date.

Use pliers to TIGHTEN THE ZIP TIE and then trim off, leaving enough for one final snugging on your first trip. If if breaks while snugging it up... they are inexpensive. Over years they can become brittle... replace when necessary. The Zip Ties are cheap but the Closet Doors and Sink Doors are expensive and may not match if needing to be replaced.

You can do the hinges in less time that it took to read this thread. I read the thread with this simple trick, bought zip ties and have enough for everyone... Don't get the cheapest Zip Ties... and the light colored blend in very well.

Some hinges have gaps where you can get a Second Zip Tie around it. Double is great. These were under the Sink but the mounting hardware came loose all of the time. Not the hinges... so as we have in the last two Airstreams... piano hinges.

Also... Piano Hinge the curved doors below the sink. Find the hinges that swing 180 degrees. Those sold at hardware stores, Lowes, Home Depot are 90 degree. If you are happy with 90 degree hinges... good. Some sinks on the left side you will have to improvise, but still worth it. Save the hinges you remove for spare parts. The parts and hinges are grossly OVERPRICED. As are the plastic Locking Mechanisms that snap and hold the door closed.

If a Neanderthal Helpless Airstream Male can do this... everyone else will make better use of their Zip Ties and can Party for being so on top of things. Good Luck.
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