--Mike--: Hardware Hacking

My friend Steve had a problem with his storm door, the wind got hold of it, and the screws holding the top 2 hinges got stripped out.

Stripped holes - not enough thickness to really hold things properly.

When we were discussing projects we wanted to get done at PumpingStationOne, this was top of mind for Steve, as he had only recently installed the door, and wanted to fix it before the bottom hinges also became detached, possibly destroying the door. The main problem we figured was that the metal is just too thin to hold something via a thread, or sheet metal screw.

We then made these blocks out of 1/2 inch square T6061 aluminum alloy. They are sized to match the existing holes, and threaded at standard 6-32 size. nd sufficient size to spread out the load avoiding more tearing of metal.

Steve shows off our well built fix.

Once we had the door off and on it's side, we made the holes wide enough to easily fit the bolts to our backstop, using a tapered reamer.

Next we had to figure out how to get these into the proper position. We ended up using a piece of threaded rod as a stick to maneuver the backstops into place.

The key to placement is to have the backstop ride on top of the stick into position, then use a flashlight and a longer bolt to pull it up into place. You want some easy to break tape in place at this point, which is why we used cheap "magic" tape.

Once you've got the backstop to it's desired left-right position, shine a light down one hole, using the other hole, and rotating the stick to get it lined up you should then be able to use the long bolt to get a few turns into the backstop block, and pull it up into position. Insert and tighten the bolt into the other hole, and then remove the long one and repeat with the other bolt.

We did the top and bottom hinges first, then did the closer to the middle sets. Here's a shot of a completed hinge which should hold forever.

Source: mikewarot.blogspot.com

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Storm door glass is very cloudy

And all windows inside of my car were very cloudy also. I have had car for 5 years so you notice all these different things.
Other day i thought the glass on the storm door was going to shatter when I closed the door.
All the door knobs are ice cold... almost feels like frostbite.
so how can I prove they are doing this?

Vooralsnog alleen lichte schade door storm  — Nieuws.nl
Vooralsnog alleen lichte schade door storm. De storm die zaterdag over het land trekt heeft vooralsnog geen grote schade veroorzaakt. Brandweerwoordvoerders van verschillende korpsen hebben nog geen meldingen van grote incidenten binnengekregen.

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  • Avatar Jan Schutsky I would like to know why the hardware on my gorgeous Pella storm door is looking so lousy.?
    Aug 19, 2010 by Jan Schutsky | Posted in Maintenance & Repairs

    I sprayed them several times with a clear lacquer and they still look awful. I wrote to the company to see if I could do something different but never heard from them. I love my door but cannot tolerate how lousy that shiny fake brass looks. is there an answer for me?

    • Writing to them, though it may get you an answer, is going to take forever and a day. They ARE going to be your best recourse, but call them instead of writing to them. You may have to wait on hold for awhile, but it is …. I've dealt with them before with very good results. The number is toll free 1-866-809-9460. In fact, I think I'll call them myself too. I need a new bottom seal for my slider. {wink} Thanks for reminding me.
      Al