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Loose Hinges
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Summary:
 

In many books often the most common type of repair that needs to be done is with the hinges. Many come loose or just need extra reinforcement. If caught early, more serious damage can be prevented.

 
Recommended Materials:
 
  • Part Number-PG1812-Plexiglass rods set joints properly when tightening hinges and recasing books.
  • Part Number-2501-Magic Mend an adhesive specifically developed for book repair work. It is resistant to cracking as it forms a tough film that is clear and flexible when it dries.
  • Part Number-96-Waxed Paper provides an ideal barrier to protect pages while adhesive dries on mended pages or cover.
  • Part Number-BB912-Brass edge Boards-Applies even pressure to the hinge area.
  • Part Number-WT442-Plexiglas lead filled weight applies uniform pressure for repairs and hinging.
  • Part Number-763-Bookcraft Glue Brushes are available in small brushes for work on pages and large brushes ideal for gluing spines. Bristles clean-up quickly.
  • Part Number-394*-Hinge Repair Tape perfect for reinforcing books and magazines.

    * This part number is one color or size of several options. Searching on the part number listed will show all options.
Tightening Hinges
 
Step 1:
 
This is an example of a book with a loose hinge.This is an example of a book with a loose hinge.
 
Step 2:
 
Start by inserting a sheet of waxed paper, rolled, into the inside spine of the book. Start by inserting a sheet of waxed paper, rolled, into the inside spine of the book. Coat a Plexiglas rod with Magic Mend and insert into the inside of the casing. Place wax paper between the flyleafs and the covers and put in a press.
 
Reinforcing Hinges
Step 1:
 
Pull back the endpaper, exposing the hinge. Pull back the endpaper, exposing the hinge. Apply adhesive along the exposed hinge and 1/8" on the textblock shoulder.
 
Step 2:
 
Close the cover, aligning the endpaper back into its original position.Close the cover, aligning the endpaper back into its original position. Smooth the joint with a bone folder. Put wax paper between the flyleaf and the cover and put in a book press.
 
Step 3:
 
Cut a strip of hinge tape the height of the textblock, for reinforcement. Cut a strip of hinge tape the height of the textblock, for reinforcement. Apply to the cover and the flyleaf.
 
Step 4:
 
Smooth down the hinge with a bone folder.Smooth down the hinge with a bone folder.
 

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