Fixing Bad Hinges on an Old Trunk

Do you have an old trunk somewhere up in your attic, gathering dust because years ago some imbecile flipped the lid up hard and bent the hinges outwards? All you need to repair it is some braided high-test fishing line (the heavier stuff) and a staple gun.


Cut two pieces of the fishing line (about two feet per side, depending on the size of your trunk) and staple one end to the inner side of the lid, near the front. Leave about an inch sticking out from the other side of the staple, then fold it over and staple both the long end and the inch-long end, about a quarter-inch from the other staple. Repeat this on the other side.

Now, do the same thing on the inside ends of the trunk, also near the front, about an inch from the front walls, just like the top end.

Now your previously forgotten trunk will work fine, regardless of how decrepit the hinges are. If they are still attached, (even by a hair), your trunk will now function properly, provided you have done it right.

P.S. Try to get the lengths and positions the same on both ends of the trunk or your fix won't work too well.

By Paul from Walnutport, PA

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November 7, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you, we have four very old trunks. One my grandfather brought from Italy. This is wonderful to know.


I make use of them through out our home. Opening and closing can get tricky and dangerous.

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