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Tightening Thinkpad Hinges?

#1 Post by ThorOfAsgard » Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:46 am

Anyone found an easy way to tighten thinkpad hinges...something that doesn't involve diassembling the laptop. Seems like it might be possible to 3D print fittings that could go on the sides of each hinge that would provide extra friction. Or maybe there's some gunk one can spray in there, like "3M Canned Hinge Tightener"?

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Re: Tightening Thinkpad Hinges?

#2 Post by Cigarguy » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:02 am

Depends on the make and hinge design. Most of them, like the T61 for example, are virtually unserviceable. It makes sense in some ways as it helps to protect the hinges against dust and moisture but if something goes wrong then there's no repairing.

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Re: Tightening Thinkpad Hinges?

#3 Post by Geartooth » Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:52 am

ThorOfAsgard wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 7:46 am
Anyone found an easy way to tighten thinkpad hinges...something that doesn't involve diassembling the laptop. Seems like it might be possible to 3D print fittings that could go on the sides of each hinge that would provide extra friction. Or maybe there's some gunk one can spray in there, like "3M Canned Hinge Tightener"?
Models like the X200 can be simply tightened by two screws directly under the machine. I think. Might be Placebo.
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Re: Tightening Thinkpad Hinges?

#4 Post by Saucey » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:11 pm

Is there a laptop to where the hinges can be tightened? I know they sometimes a hinge can separate from the body over time, which will give the laptop play and close the screen. But I haven't seen a laptop to where they've had a hinge design that you can tighten the screws/thread inside the hinge to fix it.

Perhaps that sort of design had been patented long ago, and no design had be iterated afterwards due to the cost of it.
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Re: Tightening Thinkpad Hinges?

#5 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:07 pm

Saucey wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:11 pm
Is there a laptop to where the hinges can be tightened? I know they sometimes a hinge can separate from the body over time, which will give the laptop play and close the screen. But I haven't seen a laptop to where they've had a hinge design that you can tighten the screws/thread inside the hinge to fix it.

Perhaps that sort of design had been patented long ago, and no design had be iterated afterwards due to the cost of it.
Many cheap machine in the 90s had that design, the 600 series I think did.
Something a little like this: http://www.solderbug.com/wp-content/upl ... inge-1.jpg (Warning: Large pic)

The nut on the end could be tightened to make the hinge tighter
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