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Hardware hinges - Trade Top Tips

Here are some of the inside top tips when it comes to hardware hinges:

Hollow core doors usually require only two hinges due to their weight. Solid doors are heavier and will likely need three hinges because of the additional weight

Interior doors up to 3.5cm thick and up to 1.5m tall typically require two 3½’ x 3½’ hinges; heavier exterior doors of around 4.5cm thick require three 4’x4’ hinges

Consider corrosion resisting needs. Zinc or brass plating is ideal for internal use but probably unsuitable where moisture is a factor. Solid brass or stainless steel hinges may be more appropriate where moisture is present e.g. on external doors, outbuildings etc

The angle of the door opening will determine which hinge is to be used. A parliament hinge allows 180 degree opening.

Squeaky hinge? Washing up liquid is often a good way to stop that annoying noise. It smells nicer than WD40 and if you spill a bit, you can have an ad hoc washing-down of your door - thus killing two birds with one stone.

When fitting a door hide the screws behind the hinges. Screws are better for securing the hinge jamb because nails may work loose. You can easily replace one of the short hinge screws with a long screw, but it can be difficult to find a strong screw that matches the other screws so why not hide the screw behind the hinge? It only takes a minute or two to remove all the hinges and gain access to this area. Then you can drive a self-drilling screw through the jamb with ease. Make sure the jamb is straight and plumb before you reinstall the hinges.

Door closing devices, whether concealed (Perko type) or surface mounted, excert additional pressure on Hinges and the door weight should be adjusted by an additional 20% to compensate for this. For Door Closers with a backcheck facility the adjustment required is an additional 75%. Door Closers work best when used in conjunction with Hinges that have a low level of friction between the Hinge knuckles.

When it comes to fire doors, for most residential applications hinges manufactured from Steel, Brass or Stainless Steel are generally regarded as being acceptable as long as they are capable of carrying the adjusted weight of the door.

Check out our Hinges Fact File