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    Discs between hinge barrels

    Some manufacturers use some sort of disc between hinge barrels, presumably to prevent over-loosening of hinges....but once they fall out, they are extremely difficult to repair...anyone have any tips?

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    Seiko does this in many of their titanium frames- I believe to help keep them from binding and yes- they are a bear to replace.

    I wet the barrel with my fingertip then touch it to the wafer thin disc- be careful that the flat end is against your fingertip.

    Usually just the top one, as getting both to stay in and then inserting them into the front hinge becomes a lesson in futility.

    Silhouette discs are another story.

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    It's the most annoying thing in history

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    Charmant does this too. Not sure if they have extra you can stock. Sometimes you can get them a little wet with lens cleaner and they stick a tiny bit. I get them on and then give it a squeeze and then slide it into the barrel. Sometimes it works. Some times you curse a bit. It is definitely a pain to do.

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    Fester is correct. The top hat washers prevent the titanium from galling and seizing, and they are quite the PITA to replace. I do it the same was as fester, get them wet and they stick in place a little better. Open the other half of the hinge a little if you can to get more clearance, the screw will pull it back together if you ever get it back place.

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    I personally hate fixing this type of hinge joint but i do have a quick and easy way to get them to work. I normally put a drop of clear nail varnish on them to make it a bit sticky / tacky and then slide the joint in, muttering and cursing all the time.

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    Tip: using water or saliva, ”stick” the hat washers in place on each side of the inner hinge.
    Then hold the hinge VERTICAL WHILE inserting into outer hinge.

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    We have a tiny tube of petroleum jelly that we dab on the washer. Works well.

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    Very smart, Doc.

    Quote Originally Posted by drk View Post
    We have a tiny tube of petroleum jelly that we dab on the washer. Works well.

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    I just use the the blood from the finger I just jabbed with the darn screwdriver. After 33yrs, when are the callouses suppose to help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rbanting69 View Post
    I just use the the blood from the finger I just jabbed with the darn screwdriver. After 33yrs, when are the callouses suppose to help.
    Love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbanting69 View Post
    I just use the the blood from the finger I just jabbed with the darn screwdriver. After 33yrs, when are the callouses suppose to help.
    Let the hijack continue- Many many years ago my friend was helping an elderly lady and while free hand holding the frame rammed the screwdriver blade through his index finger and when he pulled it back the blade stayed stuck in his finger.

    Fortunately a chair was nearby as the lady collapsed onto it as she almost fainted despite his assuring her he was ok and it's just a hazard of the trade...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Fester View Post
    Let the hijack continue- Many many years ago my friend was helping an elderly lady and while free hand holding the frame rammed the screwdriver blade through his index finger and when he pulled it back the blade stayed stuck in his finger.

    Fortunately a chair was nearby as the lady collapsed onto it as she almost fainted despite his assuring her he was ok and it's just a hazard of the trade...
    And that, my friends, is why opticians are always up to date with their tetanus shots!

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