Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
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.
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.