Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
These were large tapestries that were hanging in front of a big hole in the wall. They would block the entryway to a room and had to be pushed out of the way every time you wanted to go in or out. Going further back in time were large rocks that would have to be rolled in front of the door and then rolled away or pieces of wood that were pulled in front of the doorway and pushed back every time you wanted to go in and out. While it did the general job of a door it was a very inconvenient and very heavy way to go. These images illustrate why we should be thankful that someone finally came up with the great idea to make a more easy to use access to a room namely a door on door hinges.
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.
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.