i really dig my Henge Docks vertical docking stand so i was bummed when the connectors stopped lining up consistently.
damn space age materials
on quick inspection i noticed that the thin plastic between each connector had split in 3 locations. unfortunately my version is one of the first generation all-plastic vertical docking stands (for the pre-Retina Macbook Pro). the newer versions shouldn’t have this issue due to several enhancements in design, including a mostly metal chassis. i also wasn’t using “official” cables from Henge Docks for the USB 3.0 connections (because they didn’t exist for quite a while).
a quick fix
i figured an extra screw to hold the 2 opposing sides together would fix the issue – and it did. it took me longer to sort photos and create this post than to finish the fix.
since i wasn’t populating the hole for the thunderbolt port, it seemed the most elegant solution would be to use the existing threads for that connector as the nut.
i drilled a small pilot hole from the threaded side first so my screw would line up.
i can’t tell you the exact screw diameter or thread pitch as i just dug around in my bucket of random bolts till i found one that worked.
if you didn’t have an empty port near the ones that cracked, you could still apply the same basic fix, using a much smaller diameter screw and your own nut. just place it directly below the cracked plastic separator (where there should be a little space between each connector).
ding! fries are done.
you can still see the cracks, but now the connectors stay in place well enough to restore easy docking functionality.