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Ready for hurricane hinge installation...........

Postby b.bodemer » Mon Sep 04, 2006 5:29 pm

I'm ready to install my hurricane hinge.

Can you share your technique for installing........meaning what are you using for the exposed strip with all the screw holes? Butyl tape, rv tape, sealant??

Any suggestions would be apprecaited.

Thanks in advance,
Barb

ps.gotta love the long holiday weekend. The td was not ready to camp in yet so it left lots of time to keep working and of course having fun doing it.
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Postby Jiminsav » Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:09 pm

Barb,
I haven't permanately installed my hinge, but when I do, i'll put some caulking under the forward part and screw through it.
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Postby sdtripper2 » Mon Sep 04, 2006 8:46 pm

Barb::)

You asked wrote:Can you share your technique for installing........meaning what are you using for the exposed strip with all the screw holes? Butyl tape, rv tape, sealant??

The short answer:
Rubber or silicone seems to be the seal of choice for Hurricane hinges.

The threads that follow are from all pages as of 9/4/06 on the Teardrop Construction Tips & Techniques pages.
I haven't see as many shotgun Hurricane hinge and hatch threads in one spot and this all but complete. I know there
is much here but this should get you started. Ask more specific questions and they will be answered.


Mike wrote:The most common way to seal a hatch is to use a Hurricane Hinge, weather stripping where the hatch hits the sidewall, and angle to act as a sort of a protector..



Mike wrote:Getting the hatch watertight is easy. Use Grant's hurricane hinge, and extend it over the edge an inch on each side. Then use as much foam weatherstripping on the side edges and it takes to fill the gap. And finally, build a rigid frame for the hatch, and draw it up tight with latches.

There's a lot of material in the forum on this... just do a search. If you have a problem finding a specific detail, just holler... we'll help you find it...

mike...

P.S. Here is a starting point...
http://tnttt.com/viewto ... hatch#3980

Here's my hatch...
http://tnttt.com/viewto ... atch#17302

And here is how Bev fixed a leaky hatch...
http://tnttt.com/viewto ... hatch#7083


Dave Nathanson wrote:Have you tried calling Grant Whipp; Lil Bear in Redding, CA? That's where I got mine. I think you can ask for any length. 530-275-6728. Or web:
http://teardrops.net/lilbear/parts.html

Oh yeah, if you look at that web page, it says any size up to 8 feet. There you go!

BE SURE TO INSTALL THE HINGE FACING THE RIGHT WAY. There is a front & a back! The front side is the solid side. (I learned that the hard way!)

Also remember to ask for your hinge material to be a tiny bit longer than the width of your trailer. Then keep the front piece longer than the back (underside) piece. So when it does rain, the front piece sticks out and the water drops off, instead of running into the lower piece of the hinge tube. Mike S has a nice rainy day photo of that posted here somewhere. Search for "hurricane hinge" and you'll find it, and my tale of woe as I found out that mine was on backwards.

Oh & BTW, I saw that some people will shorten the back (lower) hinge piece even 1.5" more & then screw a screw into the top (front) hinge piece just a 1/2" from each edge. This will keep the top hinge (attached to the galley lid) from sliding left or right. I have a photo I can post if you need to see that.
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Hatch Info basics:

http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=5048
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=5870
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=10060
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=9844
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=6844
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=5550
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=4985

Galley hatch prop stick, gas struts, springs and latches:
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=10136
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=9600
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=8880
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=8874
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7288
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=6232
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=6218
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=6175
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=5731
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=5545
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=2405
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=5074
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=5005
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7848
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7047


Formula Struts

Good explanation on sizing struts
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=6219
http://www.easyliftsprings.com/contact/ ... urown.html tool
http://www.watertanks.com/calc.asp tool

Steve’s advance design struts
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7041
Pics of many struts
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7556


To buy a Hurricane hinge look to Rich's list:
http://www.mikenchell.com/tttt.pdf

More on Hurricane hinge installation.
Here other threads to look @
http://tinyurl.com/qwyq6
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=1810
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=3395
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=2637
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=3802
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=3780
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=6100
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=9993
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=8822
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7996
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=8045
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=5716
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=5031
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=4651
Real good threat on Hurricane hinges:
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7091

Steve Cox’s Favorite Plastic hinge
http://tinyurl.com/gnzr7


Hinge spar:
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=3131

Hatch alignment as it closes
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=9164
Paint off hinge
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=6230

Thread on seals:

http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=2749

Weather seal solutions:
http://www.austinhardware.com/default.asp?
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=9223
http://tinyurl.com/jvoqn
Marking notch for weather stripping
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7656

Cleaning uP silicone:
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=4237

Experimental Hatch Idea’s
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=8687
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7688

Front A/C hatch
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=9380
Tongue Box weather proofing
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=7592

Roof Vent Caulk
http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?t=8731

Door hinges and definitions

http://www.stainless-hinges.com/hinge_t ... hole_specs


These questions on the hatch, hinge and struts come uP so
many times that maybe this post will be used again for new
persons in the future as a source of information?
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Postby Miriam C. » Mon Sep 04, 2006 9:51 pm

:thumbsup: Barb, please let us know how it works. ;) I still have a weeks work to go before I get there.

Steve, :applause: Boy am I glad you got back and decide to post all those informative stuff. Saved me a days worth of looking. :twisted: :thumbsup:
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Postby sdtripper2 » Tue Sep 05, 2006 1:43 am

Anti M and for anyone else that stumbles on to this thread:

I have uPdated the above post to reflect all the threads
of consequence on hatch, hinge, sealant, and struts.
This is a start at least.

That is all the information on the 46 pages I went through
and I gleaned most of what was pertinent for threads on
the subject.

Someone just starting a hatch or hurricane hinge could read
the above post and get the combined knowledge of this forum.

At least if they read that hellacious posting of threads they
most likely wouldn't make mistakes and could then ask
new questions that might stimulate new conversation.

I think it is a keeper.
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Re: Ready for hurricane hinge installation...........

Postby Sonetpro » Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:21 am

b.bodemer wrote:I'm ready to install my hurricane hinge.

Can you share your technique for installing........meaning what are you using for the exposed strip with all the screw holes? Butyl tape, rv tape, sealant??

Any suggestions would be apprecaited.

Thanks in advance,
Barb

ps.gotta love the long holiday weekend. The td was not ready to camp in yet so it left lots of time to keep working and of course having fun doing it.

Barb,
Here is the raincap that fits in the moulding.
http://www.rvpartscenter.com/prodselect ... 12&CID=495
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Postby nubwon » Tue Sep 05, 2006 4:55 am

I just caulked under the hinge , then installed some of the molding insert that sonetpro has shown. It works great i think and no screw heads showing......NUB.....
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Postby Classic Finn » Tue Sep 05, 2006 5:44 am

Id like to know as to what kind of a gap size would you need so it dont rub into the side walls?

And is it gapped with spacers all the way around... top and bottom as well.


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Postby b.bodemer » Tue Sep 05, 2006 8:28 am

Steve,
Thanks for all the links regarding installation...........

Steve T,
Thanks for the link to the molding............

It's just very exciting to get to this point in the project.

Well.........I'm off to work on the td!!!!!
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