Door Hinges / October 7, 2018 / Martine Letourneau.
Who would have thought that a door hinge could make the difference in the look of the door but it does. And you will quickly begin to see how important it actually is and you will be kicking yourself for not doing this sooner. Door hinges where would we be without them? Thats right we wouldnt be able to open and close the doors throughout our homes which would be a problem. Now even though these fixtures serve a pretty important purpose does not mean that you have to settle for any old ones. In fact there are many decorative selections available. If you are wondering how can door hinges be decorative well it is because of the fabulous materials that they are crafted from and the lovely finishes that can be applied to them.
By and large one of the most important inventions for everyday use isnt very large at all. Because of cabinet door hinges we are able to store things away behind doors that previously would have been on shelves. Although originally used in 1600 B.C. the Romans adapted the hinge for home use. Flash forward to the American colonies and hinges were used everywhere. Eventually they were outfitted for the doors of wagons heading west most prominently by Charles Hager in St. Louis. He founded the present day Hager Hardware Company and in the 1900s received a patent for the compact butt hinge and the rest as they say is history.
But when door hinges become a bit unhinged from years of use they can not only cause doors to squeak stick or rub but allow heat to escape and cold to enter. Maintaining your door hinges is a simple process something you can do once or twice a year. And it will keep your hinges working properly for years to come. Unlike the old days when door hinges were made of iron brass or steel todays hinges come in an array of materials and finishes. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques most of these finishes are maintenance free. Left alone they wont tarnish rust or fail over time.
You can use cooking oil for the same purpose as well if you dont have any WD-40 but this wont solve the problem for long! WD-40 is available in a lot of countries at the moment and it can be found just about anywhere such as hardware grocery or convenience stores. As you can see door hinges are very easy to maintain and the process doesnt require a lot of your time! Door hinges have a thankless job. For most of their mundane lives they simply swing back and forth holding the door securely in its frame. Occasionally they strain as children swing back and forth on the door handles. Other times they shudder to a sudden stop as a door is thoughtlessly slammed.