Published at Saturday, December 28th 2019. by Alrick Meyer in Tonneau Cover.
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.
There are two basic types of cabinet hinges you likely have in your home. Hidden cabinet hinges give your cabinetry a European feel to them with their recessed hinges that have no visible mechanism. Alternately, you can opt for exposed cabinet hinges, which tend to give a more traditional look and can also add to the overall appearance of the cabinetry.
So how, on a practical level, do you find out if you need to buy left-handed or right-handed hinges? Listen up. Go to the door, window or lid and grab the handle. Open the door (or window, or lid). If you grabbed the handle with your left hand and the door opened, either towards you or away from you, then you are dealing with a left-handed hinge. Note this down carefully; left-handed hinge.
Depending on your tastes, cabinet hinges can be as prominent or as subtle as you want them to be. Some people prefer smaller cabinet hinges that are attached on the inside of the cabinet leaving just a small peek of the hinge area to show. They may be made in a variety of different metals to give a little touch of contrast to your overall cabinetry appearance. If you are working on a rustic or country look, you should look for strap cabinet hinges, or other large cabinet hinges that go on the outside of the cabinet. These are available from simple black designs to beautifully ornate pieces that seem as if they may have come from a palace. This style of cabinet hinges can really dress up the doors you are putting them on, making what had been ordinary cabinets suddenly look like they"re expensive, custom-made jobs.
Flush cabinet doors are often seen with butterfly hinges. These cabinet hinges consist of two flaps or leaves with screw holes held together by a pin. They are mounted on the outside of the door and frame and look like a butterfly when open; hence the name. These cabinet hinges are ornamental and can add style to any room form colonial to art deco and beyond. A cabinet hinge similar to this is a butt hinge only the flaps are recessed into the door and frame revealing only the pin when closed. Balls or finials can be added to the pin for decoration. The butt hinge can be used on any door.
Makeup compacts open with them. Your cell phone flips open with a spring-loaded hinge. Clip earrings rely on hinges. So do eyeglasses. The laptop I am writing this on opens with two of them. Some purses have hinge clasps; others have straps attached with hinges. Toolboxes, briefcases, humidors. Kitchen tongs, can openers, coffee pots. Copiers have about a bazillion hinges; every time you open a door or flip a part up to free a paper jam, you are using a hinge or two.
Hinges have been in use since 1600 B.C. and now there is a wide variety available. The best way to browse the greatest selection of cabinet hinges is to shop online. Instead of trekking from store to store only to be frustrated by the minimal selection, try browsing form the comfort of home. Shop and compare prices then with a click of the mouse your cabinet hinges will arrive at your door.
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