Replacing your door hinge pins with quick release hitch
pins make your doors easy to remove quickly. With this
setup I can remove my doors in a couple minutes and
reinstall them in about 5 minutes by myself.
I found these hitch pins at a tractor supply store.
They are about 5/16" in diameter and just under 3" long.
I took my old pins with me to find ones that would work well.
Removing the original pins is the hardest part. We used an
actelyene torch to heat up the hinges, then beat them out with
a hammer and punch. It marked up the door a little (as you can
see in the photos) and caught my door seals on fire, but most of
it wiped off. I didn't care since I'm going to be painting soon.
You can take the hinges off and press them out to avoid this.
Next drill out the hinges to the same size at the hitch pins.
Then put the hinges back on the doors and insert the pins. You
may need a hammer to get the pins in.
Now you can take your doors of in just a couple minutes. Another
advantage to this setup is that if your pins ever wear out, you
can just buy new ones. This setup is also just as stable and strong
as the original pins.
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