Door Hinges / October 1, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
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.
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.
If you have a three hinge door you can easily undo a single hinge plate at a time. If you have doors with just two hinges youll need to place a wedge under the door to take the weight off the hinge before you loosen it. 2) Once the plate is removed dip a couple cardboard matches into wood or white glue and put them into the hole. Then tighten the hinge screws and they should hold. 3) If the thought of shoving matches into the holes doesnt work for you use a golf tee or a sliver of wood instead. Cover these with glue and reinstall the hinge. Dont put the screw in the repaired hole yet. Allow the glue to dry then cut off any excess wood and then drill a pilot hole into it.