Published at Sunday, January 26th 2020. by Adalwolfa Kuhn in Tonneau Cover.
Today, hinges are literally everywhere. Modern garage door panels are put together with them.
Consider your daily activity. You get out of bed in the morning and head for the bathroom door, which is suspended on hinges. You open the door of the medicine cabinet (hinged) and take out your pillbox (hinged). Reaching for the vanity cabinet, you open the hinged door to take a towel for your shower, the door of which is most likely hinged. Already, in just those few moments, you have relied on the invisible hinges several times to accomplish your morning tasks.
The settlement of the West brought on even more demand for hinges for all of the new homestead-building. Even the "etailgate"e of the iconic Conestoga wagon relied on hinges as did the toolbox sometimes mounted on the side of the wagon. Initially, the blacksmiths were concerned with production and quality. Eventually, they had more time to create items that were both functional and esthetically pleasing.
Buyers should look for high quality hinges from well-known manufacturers. Cheaper products provide inferior performance and will require repair and replacement long before a higher grade hinge. Companies such as Stanley even provide a limited lifetime warranty on their commercial grade door hinges.
Take the squeaky door off its hinges. If you haven"t done this before, it is relatively easy. For smaller cabinet doors, you can just remove the hinge with a screwdriver, for larger, pin hinges, you will need a flat-head screwdriver to pop the pin out to get the door to come off. If it"s sticking, you can lightly tap the back of the screwdriver with a hammer to loosen the pin. Once you have gotten the door down, you will need to use a screwdriver to remove the hinge pieces. Put at least one of the hinges in your pocket to take on your shopping expedition.
If you enjoy refinishing old or antique furniture pieces, you might want to consider adding the extra feature of decorative hinges. Purchasing these pieces with a distressed finish can keep the antique quality of the furniture piece while adding the beauty of hinge design not available years ago.
Unlike the old days when door hinges were made of iron, brass or steel, today"s hinges come in an array of materials and finishes. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, most of these finishes are maintenance free. Left alone, they won"t tarnish, rust or fail over time.
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