Hinges: A Small, but Important Part of Home Repairs

We’ve already covered some basic tips on home maintenance that will help you whip your house back in shape, but for those who are completely new to home maintenance, you might still be completely lost with some of the basics.

Cabinets, doors, and windows are all foundations to a secure, efficient home and picking out the right ones can be a difficult task all in its own. What’s more, there are lots of small pieces to consider when trying to do an installation all on your own.

One of the most confusing pieces to anyone trying their hand at home maintenance for the first time is the hinge. It’s a deceptively simple object that can create a lot of headaches if you don’t buy the right one for the job.

Here’s an overview of everything you need to know to get the right hinge for your upgrades and repairs;

Overlay Doors or Inset Doors: As the Sawdust girl points out in her overview of working with hinges, the place to start is with the type of door you are going to be working with. Overlay doors sit on top of the face-frame of cabinets, making the easier to install since they don’t have be completely flush with the interior of the frame. Meanwhile, inset doors sit inside the frame you are working with, making them a bit more difficult and requiring more precision during installation.

Butt Hinges: According to this handy guide from Rockler, butt hinges are the quintessential, traditional hinge. They’re usually adjustable even after installation and they work well with a variety of different doors. And for any commercial projects or heavy duty doors, you need to install, a heavy weight butt hinge is the perfect option since they usually come in steel for durability and low chances of corrosion.

Double Action Spring: For lightweight doors, like in the kitchen, and especially for doors that you might want to open in both directions, the double action spring is a perfect choice, although it can’t handle the same weight capacities for the butt hinge.

Concealed Hinges: Just like the name implies, these hinges are invisible from the outside of the cabinet door you are working with. For those looking to maintain clean lines on their wood, concealed hinges are the way to go, but they may lack the weight capacity and durability of butt hinges.

European Hinge: This is a particular style of concealed hinges. You have to drill them into a circular mortise, but they give the added benefit of flexibility with most models begin adjustable in multiple directions.

Installation: About Money points out some good tips and tricks for the actual installation, like, “When installing a hinge be sure to leave at least 1/8” between the hinge and the edge of the door and/or door frame. If you install the hinge closer to the edge, it might damage your door/frame when screwing into place.”

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