Door Hinges / September 29, 2018 / Talon Gregoire
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.
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.
What do begin to fail are the screws that hold the door hinges on the door and the frame. The stresses and strains of everyday openings begin to loosen the screws. This is particularly true on heavier doors that are either left open a lot or bear lots of traffic. At least twice a year you want to go through your entire home inspecting all the door hinges. If you find an loose screws simply tighten them with a screwdriver. If the screws in the door hinges spin in their place and wont tighten into the wood it means the holes are stripped. When this happens do the following: 1) Remove the screws on that particular hinge.