HTD Tech Tip #5: How to Stop Squeaking Computer Bags

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I have a great computer bag, believe it or not, it is called “The Bloggerir?t=tec06 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B001FR73VQ - HighTechDad™” by Timbuk2, appropriate, right?. I have practically no complaints about it, with one BIG exception. It squeaks! When I walk, the hinge seems to rub back and forth, causing a grinding/squeaking noise. It is extremely annoying!

You can see the hinge circled in red in the image below. I have a feeling that this is probably a common problem with all types of bags that have hinges for their shoulder straps. I also think that this may be more common when there is metal on plastic for the link.

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So, I started thinking, what could I do to fix this? Here is what I came up with. I took some WD-40ir?t=tec06 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000NV8T5Y - HighTechDad™ and sprayed it onto a paper towel and rubbed it on both the metal and plastic connections. The next day, I was walking down the street and I noticed something…actually, I missed something. The noise. It was gone!

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So, WD-40 seems to be the miracle cure to those squeaky laptop bag shoulder straps! Just a quick word of caution though, some plastics might not work well with WD-40 and may actually degrade. You might want to test it on the plastic on an area that is not load bearing.

HTD says: Let me know if this works for you! My bag is definitely quieter and less annoying when I walk now.

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  1. a silicone based lubricant shouldn’t degrade the plastic the way wd40 will.

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