Arch Cape Repeater visit July 25, 2010
A good friend of mine, Gil Meacham (N7GEM) was passing through the area
and stopped by for a vist. I decided to take advantage of the good
weather and extra person and get the repeater door hinges replaced.
The replacement was a bit more difficult than I expected as only the
top hinges had any connection with the door frame - so while the lower
hinge was being replaced I had to hold the door in place to prevent
tearing out the top hinge. I'll suggest a minimum of three people when
this door is eventually replaced.
In addition to replacing the hinges we drove a few screws through the
inside metal cladding to fasten that down. The door is now in pretty
good shape. Routine maintenance on each visit must be to apply a bit of
heavy oil or gease to the hinges.
A new problem was discovered on this visit -- carpenter ants. We are
accumulating a pile of sawdust in the shack. On the next visit we need
a generator and vacuum and also some bug spray. Another routine
maintenance item needs to be spraying for ants. The water level in the
batteries was OK.
Gil Meacham, N7GEM, is put to work installing hinges.
Door information which may be useful when we replace the door:
Door opening: 36 inches
Door height: 80 inches
Deadbolt: 39 5/8 from top of door
Entry lock (not needed): 45 from top of door
Deadbolt nose length: 2 3/8
3 hing steel clad door
opens out, hinged on right side
Hing measurments from top of door:
8 1/4 - 12
38 1/4 - 41 3/4
58 1/4 - 71 3/4
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