Before leaving the house in the morning to head to work, you open and close an average of five doors. You begin by opening the bathroom door in order to shower and freshen up. You open the medicine cabinet to get your toothbrush and toothpaste. You reach for your cereal to grab a quick bite to eat and the front door swings shut behind you before you leave. All of these doors and more would not work without a door hinge or two. And how would it feel like without these important door parts? Well picture going into and out of your house through a hole in the roof because you are no strong enough to move a large rock or slab of wood everyday in front of the entrance.
Door hinges are surprisingly strong. They can generally do eight to ten times the work they are assigned. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to claim that these door hinges lend the power of a god to a common man’s hands. Today, there is a vast variety of door hinges available at one’s disposal and the best way to get access to this plethora of choices is to shop online. You don’t need to walk from one end of the city to the other searching for a good hinge for your kitchen door for example. Instead browse the selection online and compare and buy hinges from the comfort of your living room.
Today, door hinges are available in a variety of types, designs, materials and makes. However, the most popular of these remains the butt hinge. This consists of two flaps with screw holes attached by a pin or a rod. All it takes to bring down the door is simply to remove the rods or pins. If you are a fan of fancy, decorative elements, you can add balls or finials to these hinge pins and make them stand out.
Garage doors, on the other hand, are normally attached using T-hinges. The T-hinges, which get its name from their shape resembling the letter T, are installed by attaching the horizontal portion to the frame and the vertical strip on to the door. Depending on what and where you are using it for, T hinges can be ornamental or plain. If you have folding doors you might use a Soss hinge. Named for its inventor this door hinge is recessed into the door edges so when the door is folded it is completely concealed. The proper working of a Soss hinge depends on it being installed correctly.
If dealing with cabinet doors the type of hinge you use will depend on the door type. Generally, there are three main types of doors; overlay, flush and lipped. Lipped doors have lip cuts around them and work perfectly well with most types of door hinges.
A flush door will rests neatly against the frame and is best used with butterfly hinges. Butterfly hinges work in the same way as a butt hinge, with the only difference being that it hung from outside and comes in ornamental designs that range from art deco to colonial.
Overlay doors are installed with pivot hinges. One hinge is specially mounted on top while the other is fitted on the bottom part, each having a bent portion over before being fitted the on the door’s frame to conceal the hinge. Another popular type of door hinge is the spring mounted hinge. Fitted with a small spring inside this door hinge allows the door to close on its own, automatically.
So, next time you happen to close or open a door, just stop and give some thought to the power and usefulness of the door hinge because it deserves it.
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