Secure that Exterior Hinge with a Pin

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Hinge Security PinAs any of my close friends can attest, I am completely paranoid. Add to that paranoia the fact that someone stole two Sago Palms right off our front porch in the middle of the night a week ago. The result: I’m thinking a little more security oriented the last few days. Rather than installing a motion activated machine gun turret with Sago-Palm-theft-detection (too much liability), I’ve decided to improve security on an exterior door. I say “a” door, rather than “our” door just so any opportunistic Internet thieves don’t get any ideas. The door to our garage The door to our neighbor’s garage is sadly installed with its hinges on the exterior. If you are deviant or paranoid, then you know this is a bad idea from a security standpoint. All a thief has to do to get into our garage our neighbor’s garage, is remove the hinge pins and pivot the entire door out. After some online sleuthing, I found a low cost simple fix that does not invoice re-framing the door, or welding the hinge pins. The solution: two screw-like devices that replace two of the hinge mounting screws. You simply remove two screws at the top, and two at the bottom and then screw the replacement security screw into one of each of the two holes on the top and bottom hinges. When the door is closed, the extended screw forms a mini dead-bolt across the hinge side of the door frame. Even if the hinge pins are removed the extended “bolts” will keep the door secure and in place. I hope to have our garage secure soon. I hope to pass along this tip to our neighbor asap!
At just under $2 from, these are a true security bargain!

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About Marc Lyman

Marc grew up under a brave single mom who "encouraged" home improvement on the family home. Early toddler gifts included a tool set, and even a cordless Bosch drill when cordless drills first came out. In grade school (give or take a few years), Marc's mom said, "We need to cut down some trees. . . . here's a chainsaw." A father figure also involved Marc in many home improvement projects, including a summer of home remodeling in Palo Alto, CA. Toss in some Obsessive Compulsive personality traits researching everything home improvement related. The end result: a genetically pre-disposed, socially sculpted home improvement machine! For his complete profile, please visit our About page. Really, it's worth it.

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5 thoughts on “Secure that Exterior Hinge with a Pin”

  1. Great suggestion. We have had a door kicked in and we are looking for ways to make our doors safer. I love the screw idea but where do i find them? The link in your article don’t work.


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