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Old 09-08-12, 04:53 AM
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I have a manufactured home which has parts impossible to find. Nothing is normal. I have storm doors which have a type of hinge assembly which is a strip of aluminum with the hinges attached to the strip. Due to damage I needed to repair the hinge assembly so I called "Bob the Handyman" who suggested getting a strip for a normal door and cutting it down to fit so he took my damaged part to get a replacement and never returned. I now am looking to get a new part for the door and cutting it down. I don't even know what to call the part and am not sure if what has been suggested will work. Does anyone know where to get a part such as this and what is it called? Hope the pictures help.

Thank you in advance for any help you can lend.
 
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Have you tried locating and contacting a mobile home parts/repair center?
 
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Does the storm door have a brand marked anywhere, such as when you open the door and look between the hinge and door? The part you need is the hinge side z-bar. The critical part of it is how it attaches to the door (the back side which is not pictured).
 
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Thank you for the part name. I really don't understand what you are saying, there are two pictures one of the front side of the hinge side bar and the other is the side attached to the door.

And yes I have tried contacting an rv supply.
 
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Ah! thanks, I guess I didn't even look at the one picture!

I guess if it has no brand name, I can't say for sure where to start, but most z-bars are pretty standard anymore. I'd suggest that if you can't go to a lumber yard or box store to order what you need (a part like this will be special order) you get online, go to a brand name website like Larson, Emko or Gerkin and contact their service department.

IMO, as long as you tell them the thickness of your door such as 1" or 1 1/8", etc (this determines the z-bar size) they will be able to give you a similar part that will "work". It may not go in exactly the same holes, but that is something you can drill and screw together with a drill bit and the right screws.
 
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picture 3

I have been looking at the one hinge bar I have and finally figured out what you were saying so I am trying to attach another picture of what I hope is what you were saying. Please excuse my ignorance of these things.
 
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And yes I have tried contacting an rv supply
Look for a mobile home supply store. Should have more options than an rv store.
 
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Old 09-08-12, 07:19 AM
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Yeah, the top picture is the one that I overlooked.

The hinge leaf that screws to your storm door appears to be the full width of the door, which probably helps to make a stronger connection to the door. So if you wanted something that was really close to that, I'd probably go to a big box store and look at some of the doors they have on display. Some of them will be THICKER doors than the others... perhaps a full 1 1/4" wide, and they will likely have a wide hinge leaf like that, and I'd just order a z-bar replacement part for THAT style/model # of door, (in white) and cut it to length.

Take some measurements with you (specifically, bottom picture, distance from weatherstrip to back side of hinge barrel) just to make sure they are the same dimension. Also the width of the hinge leaf (top picture) so that you are getting one that is as close as possible to the original. (most hinge leaves are quite narrow, cuz many storm doors are only 3/4" thick- yours appears thicker).
 
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