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Door of the Battery compartment broken - Digital Cameras

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To buy a replacement battery door is easy - go to Ebay - buy the replacement or, for the same price (around $20), buy an old camera just for the sake of the door. The second part, replace the door is much more difficult but I found out how to do it. The door has a hinge (a 1 inch long pin) which needs to be slid out from the camera to take the old door out and then to insert the new door. However, this pin just comes out if you open up the camera. To open it up, you need to remove 6 screws with Philips precision screw driver 1.6 mm ($7 at Radioshack) - there are 2 screws on 3 sides of the camera. After removing these screws carefully separate the two parts of the camera - you just need a gap of (maybe ) 1/16, just enough for the pin to slide out, which can be done forcing it out with a sharp knife. After the pin is removed, remove the old door, put the new door in place, put the pin back and use some pressure to join the two parts of the camera together. They join back with a click, put the 6 screws back and it is done.
I had this problem (Picture 1) but the chipped lugs were on the camera body where they meet the lugs on the door so replacing the door was not an option.

After getting poor results with the duct tape solution, I discovered another work-around. This should work whether it is chipped lugs on the door or on the body.

Firstly I used an old camera flash bracket that screws into the tripod socket, and this holds the battery door in place quite securely. However it was too long, so I cut and filed a piece of aluminium 25mm (1") wide by 2.5mm thick to the right length (around 100mm/4") and shape, and made a hole for the bracket screw.

End result is not exactly like new, but more functional than the duct tape and does not further damage the actual camera:
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