Pismo hinges: lose the play without replacing?

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I have had Pismo screen problems and am on my third screen (this one isn't red dang it!) the only problem is that the hinges have some play. I'm not quite sure where the play is, but is there anyway to tighten these guys without paying anymore to replace them?

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not likely

The play is in worn die-cast hinge parts, the only sure cure is replacement. It may be possible to tighten areas with play by compressing them (eg: squeezing with ViseGrips), but that's a dicey game, more likely to cause worse play than correct the problem.

If it helps, here's some pics of a failed Wallstreet hinge. While specifically different from the Bronze KB 'Books, it shares a basically similar design of a pack of a dozen or so springy clutch 'clips' (only a couple clips shown in my pic) surrounding a hardened steel pin, all located within a diecast housing. I've another WS-hinge page with a few more semi-useful tidbits.

My recommendation is to just live with the play. Bronze KB 'Books' hinges have proven much more durable than Wallstreet hinges.

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funny thing is...

the first screen replacement I had to do because of a red screen was a full LCD replacement, meaning all my original hinges etc. were used again and only the LCD replaced. Before that first surgery there was no play. at all. Afterwards there was. a lot of it. and I was very careful during the procedure. Maybe I pinched them putting the case back together???

My SECOND surgery was a full screen and casing replacement, even switched the inverter (thought it might be to blame for my 2nd red screen). It had less but some play at first and now as much as the 2nd red screen. I was thinking maybe it was the slots the hinges actually go in, maybe they were widened a bit from the 2 screen surgeries. I have the old screen so I have extra hinges/clutches to play with, so I'll take a look based on these pictures you posted. Thanks.

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What kid of metal was used to

What kid of metal was used to wrap the hinge in the "Breakage Prevention" section? I'm looking to fix a spit hinge in an old Compaq Contura Aero, and I thought I might be able to case the brocke section with a wrap of sheet metal. I've thought that aluminum might be too soft, but steel might be too brittle to bend that small.

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re: What kid of metal was used to

It's some kind of thin stainless sheet I found in my scrapmetal drawer, can't recall what type or thickness. I was thinking a really small SS hose clamp might serve the same function.

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