Broken Igloo cooler hinge...Fix it for pennies...

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So I was camping this weekend and the hinge on my cooler broke and I am to rich to buy a new cooler so I fixed it with some dry wall seam tape and the original hardware...This lasted at least 4 years until it broke again this weekend...So I was just replacing my hinges and thought i would share this tip...It takes about 5 min with the original hardware and saves you the $15 for the replacement hinges from amazon...




 

ruckstande

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I like it. Now all I need is a cooler to break and I'm all set.
 

gleet

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I live where all the other people come to hunt and fish and camp. I could get rich by picking up cooler lids from ditches and having a roadside stand. Just another business idea I discuss and bounce off friends with money...
 

THE FEZ MAN

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I bought two 90 qt igloos last year I love them but they have springs that hold them open that I always forget to pull, it got so bad I wrote on the inside "pull spring to close" with an arrow pointing at the spring. Oh and when they are full I can't move them, thankfully they are on wheels
 

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I built a cooler about 20 years ago from resin and expanding foam with a nearly airtight lid. It was awesome and kept ice for an impractically long time but it was too goddamn heavy to move so I painted it black with a white 3 on the side and added wheels then sold it at a local racetrack for $150.

Now, I just buy the el cheapo coolers and ditch them when they wear out.
 

gleet

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Coleman Extreme keeps ice several days and is cheap.
 
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I bought two 90 qt igloos last year I love them but they have springs that hold them open that I always forget to pull, it got so bad I wrote on the inside "pull spring to close" with an arrow pointing at the spring. Oh and when they are full I can't move them, thankfully they are on wheels
I was at a party last week and they had a sign hanging in the cooler that said "BEND ME TO CLOSE!"

Coleman Extreme keeps ice several days and is cheap.
5Lb bag still had cubes today when we dumped it before heading home.
nifty trick, cans on the bottom and then metal racks and then things on the racks....keeps them out of the melted water and still cold as the ice melts.
 

NotSoFast

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Another trick. Cut a piece of that Styrofoam insulation board that has the foil on the side to fit snugly about half way down inside the cooler. Place it on top of the foof/drinks/ice before closing the lid. Weighs next to nothing and let's the ice only have to keep a small portion of the air inside cool.
 
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I'm fancy I have stainless steel coolers... with ss hinges.

 

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Three words: Canvas Fire Hose.
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gleet

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Three words: Canvas Fire Hose.
Uses:
Make clothes/shoes
Cabin door hinges
Cooler Hinges
Flag/boat repair
Surfboard repair
Tenting
Flexible coolers
Aminal traps....
Pneumatic clamps for laminating longbow and recurves.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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I use frozen water bottles as ice packs, kills several birds with one stone, no water to ruin stuff, they stay frozen for a long time and you can drink them
 

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I use frozen water bottles as ice packs, kills several birds with one stone, no water to ruin stuff, they stay frozen for a long time and you can drink them
As long as they don't burst when you freeze them, most don't, but there is always an outlier. Still need to pack stuff as if you're using ice bags.
 

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As long as they don't burst when you freeze them, most don't, but there is always an outlier. Still need to pack stuff as if you're using ice bags.
Fill them almost full with the cap off. Take out of the freezer, screw on caps, place in cooler.
 

gleet

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I use frozen water bottles as ice packs, kills several birds with one stone, no water to ruin stuff, they stay frozen for a long time and you can drink them
The trouble is when you're damn thirsty and all the remaining are frozen.
 

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Fill them almost full with the cap off. Take out of the freezer, screw on caps, place in cooler.
I don't keep empty water bottles so I don't refill them. If I open the top on a bottle of water and it seems like it's opened I won't drink it. You can freeze unopened bottles of water without them leaking, but there are always one or two that will.
 

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The trouble is when you're damn thirsty and all the remaining are frozen.
It's amazing what happens when they come out of the cooler. Planning is important, I assumed you of all people would know this.
 

gleet

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It's amazing what happens when they come out of the cooler. Planning is important, I assumed you of all people would know this.
I get a frozen bottle in my cooler every day. I know how long it takes to melt if all the other bottles have been dranked already. A bottle of frozen Gatorade is even worse.
 

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I get a frozen bottle in my cooler every day. I know how long it takes to melt if all the other bottles have been dranked already. A bottle of frozen Gatorade is even worse.
You could take yesterdays bottle and refill it and carry it outside of the cooler?
 

THE FEZ MAN

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As long as they don't burst when you freeze them, most don't, but there is always an outlier. Still need to pack stuff as if you're using ice bags.
My failure rate is pretty low, but you are correct, I also only use new bottles, refilling bottles is for poor people