Door Hinges / October 8, 2018 / Pauline Francoeur
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.
Theres no need to waste money on new hinges when you can maintain and reuse your current ones! Nobody likes squeaky doors. Door hinges should always be maintained at least a couple of times per year if you want them to function properly. Hinges have also changed quite a lot over the years and they now come in a very wide array of finishes and materials not just steel brass and iron. Screws are usually the ones that fail first but if you own quality door hinges they will most likely never require any maintenance since theyre designed to never rust or tarnish. Depending on the situation the screws can be stressed a lot and will surely require to be replaced sooner or later. If you notice that the door hinges show signs of aging you should start the maintaining process by changing the screws.
Alternatively if you can identify the brand name and model number of your hinge you can contact the manufacture directly to determine if theres a clip-on attachment is designed to work with your hinge style. If so they will be able to direct you to the nearest distributor in your area. If you determine that the upgrade is not available there is an alternative discussed in the later part of this article. Presently the additional clip-on parts cost from three to six dollars per piece. Most average sized kitchens have about twenty five cupboard doors. Calculating one slow-close clip per door puts us in the neighborhood of one hundred and twenty dollars ($120) to upgrade a standard sized kitchen to have this feature throughout.