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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Stick a Pin In It!

For Christmas 2002, my lovely bride gave me a Handspring Treo 300 Smartphone.

No longer did I have to walk around with two bulky devices on my belt, and it was very cool to be the owner of such a cutting-edge gadget!

Unfortunately, the Treo has a major design flaw—a weak hinge in the flip-phone’s lid. Some other Treo 300 users had their lids break off after only a few months. Somehow, mine survived until June 2003.

I tried Epoxy glue two or three times but, each time, it held for only about a week. Not able to drop the big bucks for a Treo 600 or 650, and not wanting to just retire my gift phone, I thought there had to be a better way, and maybe someone reading this with the same problem will try my solution.

Because the hinge is under a lot of stress from being pressed against the ear while talking, I’m amazed that my lid lasted as long as it did. I needed something that was stronger than the original plastic and able to distribute the stress through the hinge and into the lid.

I accomplished this with a thick straight pin.

First, I got a set of tiny Dremel drill bits from Home Depot which included one tiny bit that was 1/32nd inch. I drilled through the hinge and then into the lid. (If I were doing it again, I would have used the 1/16th inch or larger bit to make a little place for the head of the pin to countersink into the hinge.)

Next, with the pieces held in place, I pushed the pin into the hole. It must’ve worked, as the phone has been holding together perfectly for the past two months, and it looks like it’ll working for many more!

» Posted by AKM at 10:47 PM (ET)
Category: Musings


Slick trick. You should post a picture. :)

» Posted by Queue
November 12, 2004 10:07 AM

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