quickie: how-to fix a cracked Henge Docks vertical 1st gen stand for Macbook Pro

i really dig my Henge Docks vertical docking stand so i was bummed when the connectors stopped lining up consistently.

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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.

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next, a larger hole on the opposite side using the always handy step-bit (aka Unibit).

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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.

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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.

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3 responses to “quickie: how-to fix a cracked Henge Docks vertical 1st gen stand for Macbook Pro”

  1. stephen Reply

    hey man i love what you did here for a quick fix, but I acc stumbled upon this looking for something else – being what usb 3 cables will fit into he henge dock? I live in the UK and henge docks want a sh*t ton of money for the official cables, are there any particular brand that will work? thanks!

    • theksmith [website] Reply

      sorry, i don’t know any but the official ones that fit just right. i have 2 different brand cables that i was able to trim down with a utility knife till they fit… you just have to take it a very little bit at a time so they fit snugly.