Door Hinges / September 29, 2018 / Talon Gregoire.
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.
The pin can be outfitted with balls or finials for a decorative touch. Similar to the butt hinge but used only on flush doors; doors that rest within the frame are butterfly hinges. These cabinet door hinges are also constructed with two flaps with screw holes held together by a pin. The difference is these hinges are mounted on the outside of the door and frame giving your cabinet a decorative touch. They are available in several styles to suit your taste ranging from colonial to art deco and more. Pivot hinges are made for overlay doors which are doors that rest over the door frame.
Without door hinges a mere act of going to the bathroom would require so much effort that you want to go to open the door well in advance as opening and closing of the door would be a painstaking task. 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.