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    Corroding hinge

    Last fall, I built a canopy for the tank I've just started. The top hinges in the middle with a 24" piano hinge to give access to the tank. I noticed today that the metal of the hinge is showing signs of corrosion. The hinge is a brass color but doubt it really is brass (based on the price I paid for it at HD :-)

    1) Should I worry about this (other than for asthetics)?

    2) Any suggestions about what type of hinge I could replace it with to avoid potential problems?

    Many thanks (from a non-carpenter).
    Nick

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    You can get stainless steel hinges and that would be your best bet....
    It's not junk, it's un-assembled DIY!

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    I'd go with the stainless, sooner than later as you don't really want that corroded crap falling into your tank
    Matt.

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    Also be sure to use stainless steel screws as well. they may not come with the new hinge. Could also check out the marine boat suppliers but they would want an arm and a leg for it in brass. I have also seen plastic hinges at door and window shops. M&T glass used to have them in their showroom display case.
    Rob

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    Stainless screws available at most hardware stores...
    It's not junk, it's un-assembled DIY!

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    Sounds like a task for tomorrow!

    I've seen some people suggesting putting 'clear sealer' on the hinge to prevent corrosion. Good idea? If so, what exactly would I ask for at the store?
    Nick

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    well if you use a sealer of any type be sure that it will in fact stay in place. You don't want that stuff falling off into the tank ether. In any case I don't think you will be able to get it EVERYWHERE .. like inside and around the moving pin.
    Rob

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