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PICTURES PLEASE --- GALLEY HINGE ENDS THE RIGHT WAY

Postby beverlyt » Tue Jun 15, 2004 7:30 pm

Could someone tell me where to look for some good closeups of the ends of their completed galley hinges? (side views)
Thanks!
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Postby campadk » Tue Jun 15, 2004 7:48 pm

Your in luck! I had posted a shot of our galley side vents that includes the side of the hing. If you need another angle, let me know...

http://www.tnttt.com/gallery/image.php?image_id=184
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Postby beverlyt » Tue Jun 15, 2004 8:08 pm

Dave,
Thanks! I've never seen a picture of the end of a finished galley hinge done right.
I'd also like to see some more pictures of others.
Yours looks like it would work for us...we're thinking of using "roof flashing" on our ends to fill in the gaps.
I had a scary, icky, yucky experience the other day. Water had leaked in the galley and got the battery compartment damp. (the only bare wood in the entire trailer, no poly)
We pulled the tarp over the trailer and parked it under a tree to dry out.
A couple of days later, I walked merrily to my trailer to put something in the galley. Opened the hatch..thought I saw a big black ant the size of a bear. Opened the battery compartment....!!!!!..YUCK! Solid walls of big black ants! Gross!! We had to kill all of them with killer ant spray and sweep them all out, as I timidly watched for any to land on my shoes.

Yep, we need some good pics of galley edges.
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Postby campadk » Tue Jun 15, 2004 8:20 pm

That shot doesn't quite show the hing itself. The rubber extends off the sides which is great in keeping the water from coming in the side into the galley. I'll try to take a few shots of different angles tommorrow.
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Postby beverlyt » Sun Jun 20, 2004 7:22 pm

Hi everyone!
Well, we haven't tried the roof flashing yet, but it should work. It should look very similar to Dave's hinge picture.
and let me try a picture here of our hinge now:
http://www.tnttt.com/gallery/image.php?image_id=241

Oh...and sorry about the "uppercase" topic title. Didn't mean to appear I was shouting... well...maybe shouting for help! :wink:
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Postby mikeschn » Sun Jun 20, 2004 7:40 pm

Here's a picture of my hinge. I had to hold a flashlight on it, and Michelle had to open the hatch a tad so that you could see the important seal.

See that v-shaped seal? When the hatch is closed the seal is fully compressed, preventing leaks.

It looks like you need to add some kind of a weatherstripping in there between the two halves of the hinge...

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Postby Denny Unfried » Mon Jun 21, 2004 10:29 am

Hey Beverly,

I have a couple pictures of huricane hinges on my site that might be of help:

http://www.uncledennyscorner.com/teardr ... hinge.html

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Postby George T. » Wed Jun 30, 2004 6:21 am

Greetings from Colorado Beverly!

Here is a shot of the hinge on the Lost Teardrop. This hinge is offset by 1/4" from the body to the hatch, thus the aluminum spacer. It is basically the same hinge that you and Mike have with an offset. You can see how I used a screw and a small washer in each end of the hinge to prevent shift from side to side, I also have the vinyl trim installed to cover the mounting screws and an encap to finish it off.

As you can see, I have a small peice of foam weatherstrip under the center of the hinge and up against the joint of the roof/galley wall. This compresses when the hatch closes, adding just a bit more sealing. It also stops drops of water from running down the top of the sidewall frame when the hatch is open...

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Hatch Hinge fix

Postby beverlyt » Mon Jul 05, 2004 3:35 pm

Well, we tried our best to come up with an easy fix for our "too short" galley hinge.
We decided to use rubber roofing material and roofing glue since the rest of the trailer is done in roofing material.
Not too pretty, but it looks like it should work. See pics at:
http://www.tnttt.com/gallery/image.php?image_id=243
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http://www.tnttt.com/gallery/image.php?image_id=242
Thanks to all for the pictures..they helped to give us ideas of what would work.
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Postby mikeschn » Mon Jul 05, 2004 5:18 pm

Hey that looks like it might work. I take it you have no problems opening and closing it. Did you already give it the garden hose water test?

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Postby twc3 » Mon Jul 05, 2004 6:32 pm

Bev, I had the same problem with my Cubby.

I purchased the hinge short by accident.

I used an adjustable rubber tongue until I feel I want to purchase a new hinge.

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It is not exactly pretty but it has been tested and it is certified leak free - that is when the Galley lid is closed. :)
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Postby beverlyt » Mon Jul 05, 2004 7:32 pm

Mike,
Nope. No problems at all opening and closing it. Rubber roofing has quite a bit of "give". I didn't try the "hose" test but I dumped a cup of water directly on the rubber and nothing got through to the galley.
Perhaps a big "YA-HOO" is in order!
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Hurricane hinge problem

Postby Dave Nathanson » Thu Apr 14, 2005 12:31 am

Well, in the process of investigating why my Hurricane Hinge leaks, I seem to have discovered some bad news. My hurricane hinge is on backwards! :thumbdown:
So rain water can build up along the leading edge of the hinge, then make it's way into the hinge, and into the galley. That might also explain the creaking sound when the galley lid opens or closes. I think there is grit in the hinge. If grit can get in there, I suppose water can too. The noise of the grit in there is like fingers dragging on a chalkboard to me.

The TD was finished about a year ago, and it was just 6 months ago that we discovered the leaks, which seem to be only in 2 or 3 spots along the hinge. After a rainy night we can empty out about a cup of rainwater from 2 "tupperware" containers placed under the hinge, in the galley (top shelf).

After the galley cabinets got a little warped, we pulled them out, sanded everything & re-varnished, so the cabinets are ok now. But I can see that unexpected water can present a problem.

Now maybe this is a major problem with a major cure, or maybe it's not all that bad... Could it be that I should start by examining all the screws on the uphill side (front) and look for a possible leak there? It seems like sort of a difficult path for rainwater to get in from the front, as it would have to go all the way over the top middle of the inside of the hinge.

The front edge of the hinge appears to be under the aluminum skin. (bummer!) So removing it might be a yukky problem. The rear edge of the hinge is on top of the skin, as you can see.

The question is What to do about it. Suggestions? -- This is a photo of the hinge installed WRONG, upside down.
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UPDATE:
I ordered a new Hurricane hinge and replaced it. The galley lid slide off sideways, then we removed both halves of the hinge & installed the new one (being sure it was installed right-side-up this time!) Not too bad, all done in less than 1 day. Did need help moving the lid, for sure!
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Postby beverlyt » Thu Apr 14, 2005 4:43 am

Dave,
It wasn't mentioned in this thread, but though we thought we had found a fix at the time this thread was first posted.... it didn't work. In fact, nothing we tried worked.

We had to buy a new hinge and replace the first one. We were also concerned about removing the old one for fear it would be tough to get off without damaging the pvc.

Just took it really slow and it came off without any damage to the tear. We used some goo gone to clean it up.

I'm not sure how much trouble yours would be to remove/reinstall having aluminum.

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Postby Denny Unfried » Thu Apr 14, 2005 8:17 am

Another hint to installing the hurricane hinge is to cut the hatch side slightly shorter than the body side. This helps prevent water from running along the bottom side and into the galley.

I also put a four wire trailer plug on the hatch that can be unplugged. Then the hatch can be easily be slid off to remove and clean any sand or grit that might get into the channel. It was removed several times during the build to install the electrical et cetera and it works great. Haven't had remove since finished but I haven't been in any blowing sand - yet.

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