Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Stafford, VA, USA
Re: Broken Vanity mirror/manual cover
OK, here’s what we used to call the “straight skinny” in my old Navy days, on how to fix the broken vanity mirror hinges in the KLT topcase.
Home Depot has a set of four brass hinges (I used three of them) with screws for two or three dollars and change (Sorry - I didn’t keep my receipt). They are Gate House brand, #0311938, size 1” X ¾”.
Position the inges right up against the raised portion on the bottom outside (non-mirror side) of the mirror piece. I positioned them with the hinge barrel facing out. Hold them in place with a drop of super glue, being careful not to let the glue get into the barrel of the hinge. By putting them right up against the raised portion, they will be aligned with one another, function smoothly together and be safely away from the mirror..
Drill a 1/16” pilot hole in the middle of each hole and use a #1 philips bit screwdriver to put in ONE screw on ONE hinge. Now here’s the time-saving part. Eyeball how much too long the screw is and use a pair of diagonal cutter to cut a second screw to length. Hole the dikes and screw in a baggie to catch the pieces when they snap apart. Put the shortened screw in and see if is the right length so as to catch the plastic well while not presenting a snag hazard. Once you get the length right, put in all the shortened screws, replacing the first full-length test screw.
Position the mirror piece in the top box, put a drop of super glue on the lower half of each hinge,(one at a time, holding it until the glue sets) the drill the pilot holes and put in screws shortened to the length you determined with the mirrored piece. Confirm that there are no snag s on the inside of the box. Pat yourself on the back and treat yourself to a glass of your favorite beverage.
This method works much better than trying to cut off the long screws with a Dremel after installation. I tried to do that and discovered on the first screw that it tended heated the screw and loosened it in the plastic.