[NTLK] eMate Hinge problem (no, not that one)

Smith Woody woodysmith at me.com
Mon Jul 11 19:37:52 EDT 2011

Looks like Joel has you covered on the hinge.
The springs aren't springs in any springy sort of way.  They are the  
spring looking wires attached to the rod of the hinge assembly but  
they actually function more like brakes.
The typical broken hinge is due to the grease drying out and getting  
grit mixed in it that causes the legs of the 'spring' to wrap around  
the hinge rod.
I can't imagine how yours was broken in that way.


On Jul 11, 2011, at 12:43 PM, Mark Crutch wrote:

>> I'm in US.  If you don't get local offer I can send one.  The actual
>> hinge broke not the wire springs, was there any other damage?
> Thanks Woody. As far as I can tell it's just the arm of the hinge
> that's sheared and there's no other damage. In this image, it's the
> section on the right that protrudes downwards which has sheared across
> its width:
> http://www.inventors-emporium.co.uk/images/hinge-repair/Hinge-prior-to-repair-R.jpg
> I haven't disassembled far enough to see what the spring is like, but
> I don't think it's a problem. I have a couple of replacement ribbon
> cables en route to add to the "Newton Spares" drawer, just in case.
> Once I've got a replacement hinge/arm, I'll carry on disassembling to
> replace the broken one, and will do the spring fix while I'm at it
> anyway.

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