Door Hinges / October 9, 2018 / Talon Gregoire.
Selecting The Proper Door Hinges Now that you appreciate the invention of door hinges you need to make sure you have the right ones at work in your home. First make sure you have enough to do the job that needs to be done on your door. For the most part you will be able to choose between 2 or 3 door hinges on most doors. In some cases the door will come with the set number of hinges. In other cases you should think about the weight of the door before deciding on the number of hinges that should be used. While wood doors are generally able to be held with two hinges (unless they are very heavy wood or oversized door) if you have a steel door you need to make sure the hinges are strong enough to hold it.
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.
No they are not throw pillows or candles. They are door hinges and they are in every room of your house. From the refrigerator to the cellar door you use them every day. Sure you dont really think about them but can you imagine what life would be like without them? Your front door might be a large rock or chunk of wood. Or if you are not strong enough to move one of those you would climb a ladder and enter your home through the roof. Thank goodness that the hinge came to be. Some even say it is the second most important invention after the wheel. Today there are a wide variety of door hinges available. The best way to browse this large selection is to shop online. Dont waste time dragging yourself to hardware store after hardware store only to find they dont have enough or any of the kind you need. Youll find the best selection and the best prices online.
This is just figuring the cost of the materials though. To have them installed by a cabinetry professional may cost an additional seventy five to one hundred and fifty dollars. If you cannot locate a soft close part to work with your existing hinges or you are not interested in switching out your hinges to be able to benefit from the new clip-on piece you can purchase a buffer shock absorber that attaches to the cabinet separate from the hinge. Some of these mechanisms get pressed into a hole that is drilled into the cupboard top or bottom. Other styles can be installed using screws. The purchase cost of these parts ranges from three to six dollars each. There will be only one slow-close part that needs to be installed per kitchen or bathroom cabinet door.