Tammy Delacruz. Door Hinges. November 23rd , 2017.
Hinges are an integral part of architecture. Let us look at something as simple as a wooden box, with an attached lid. It opens easily because of the hinges. Hinges are primarily used for doors, and if you are considering renovating your home or building one from scratch, you might want to think about installing long lasting, and secure door hinges. Homes with children need doors with hinges for security purposes. The door which is adorned at the main entrance of a house, needs to be particularly secure as children often want to run out of the house at the slightest chance.
Cabinet door hinges are one of the biggest afterthoughts in home design but they often get the biggest workout in the home. Nary an hour goes by that someone isnt opening a cabinet somewhere in the home, whether its in the kitchen, pantry, bathroom or hallway. Most simply make do with the hinges that came with the cabinet. Only when they begin to squeak and sway in complaint about their endless exercise do we give thought to changing them. And only then do we only change the offending hinge that has failed to do its duty tightly and quietly. But changing out hinges can yield some exciting results in the home, particularly when they are visible hinges.
Another way to tell if it is a good idea to replace your doors with pre-hung replacements is if the rest of the doors already cant in their frames. You can square them yourself, but if you are planning to replace these doors, go for the pre-hung. They take much less time to replace and come in pre-finished or raw wood. One last thing, is your door a left- or right-hanging door? Hmmm...you think for a minute. Nope, you are sure you havent heard that one. Dont worry its easy. When you are buying any type of hinged door; storm door, entry door, and even cabinet doors, OR when you are buying hinged door hardware; hinges especially and sometimes latches, the salesperson will eventually ask you whether it is a right- or left-hanging door. The way you figure it out is, when you pull open the door; does it open to your left or to your right? Whichever way it opens is the answer.
Another type of door hinge that is similar to a butt hinge is the butterfly hinge. It also has two flaps or leaves held together by a pin, but instead of being recessed into the door and frame, they are mounted on the outside and when opened have the appearance of a butterfly in flight. These door hinges are highly decorative ranging in style from colonial to art deco and are used only on flush doors, usually for cabinets. T-strap door hinges are more commonly seen on garage doors or boxes because they lift up rather than out. So named because they are shaped like the letter T, the horizontal part attaches to the frame and the vertical part to the door. These hinges can also be plain and functional or ornamental.
Whether its because your door is old and no longer works with your décor, or you want something a little more flashy in the space, trading out doors and door hinges is not too difficult of a job. Dont think you can do it? Think you need a lot of tools to get the job done? Think again. All you need is a few shims, or thin pieces of wood that can be slipped under the door to hold it at the right height, nails or an electric screwdriver and the door and door hinges. Here are the steps for taking on the installation process.
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