Coleman Cooler Hinges 3:
John, thanks ever so much for encouraging us by sharing your story and your photo. We're dedicating this page to you.
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OK, let's take a brief look back. We noted that we used regular jumbo paperclips as a temporary fix under the broken hinge of our Coleman ice chest. After just so much use, they broke. We replaced those with a large brass hinge. When the second plastic hinge broke, we replaced it with a brass hinge too. However, we noted that the screws didn't stay in place too well where they weren't originally drilled.
Coleman Cooler Hinges 3: Stating the Improvement
I broke a hinge on a Coleman ice chest and saw your fix while surfing. I was kinda in a pinch and started tooking for paperclips when I found two spring loaded ball paperclips. The black ones that come in many sizes. Anyway I found one that fit perfectly. "And" it provided support and tension to hold the lid. This will work until I can make a permanent fix. Thanks, never would have thought of it unless I saw your website. Good job!
Vicki responded by thanking John for writing, saying that his email really encouraged us, and asked if the "spring-loaded paperclips" were the same thing as metal binder clips available through a particular office supply store. Then she asked him if he would take a photo and send it.
Coleman Cooler Hinges 3: Photographing the Improvement
John replied that indeed the metal binder clips were what he used and he sent this...
The photo at left was submitted to us by John Trumbull, showing the fix he made to his Coleman cooler hinge using "spring-loaded paperclips" or metal binder clips, which are available in many office supply stores or online.
Coleman Cooler Hinges 3: Why the Improvement Works
This is a definite improvement over the temporary fix we had used with regular jumbo paperclips because they have a built in hinge (bending point) in them.
Not only does the improvement of the hardware work, but since John is able to continue using the same holes that were originally drilled for the hinge, these may last longer than the connection point we have used to install a better hinge.
It's the old "build a better mousetrap" situation where someone takes an "OK" idea and dramatically improves it. We never thought of using binder clips on our cooler. But John did and we'll be interested in learning how this fix works for him over time.
Money saving tip: The package of assorted binder clips linked above costs (as of this writing) $10.49. With 60 clips in the package, that is an average cost per clip of about 17.5 cents. So, John spent somewhere in the neighborhood of $0.35 to repair (at least temporarily) his ice chest. That's even cheaper than what we spent for a brass hinge!
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