Putting in new hinges is an easy task, but there are some things that you are going to need to take into consideration before you begin. The first is which way the hinge goes. There are right hand and left hand hinges. It’s easy to determine which one is required for you door.
To correctly determine which hinge that you need is important, and you will not have any problem figuring this out. Ok, so stand in front of the door and grab the door handle.
If you grabbed the door handle with your left hand and the door opened into the room you are about to enter, or opened out towards you than this is a left hand hinge.
If you grabbed the door handle with your right hand and it opened in or out than it is a right hand hinge.
You can find many diagrams on the internet. Looking at the diagrams will definitely make it much easier for you to know just what I am talking about.
Let’s look at how you can make sure that you are buying the right hinges. This is going to save you a lot of time, and frustration. There is nothing worse than having to get back in the car and go back to the store. Getting it right the first time is the main goal and it is fairly simple to do in this case.
The most common type of hinges is the butt hinge. Butt hinges come in two different types fixed pin and loose pin. A fixed pin butt hinge is when the pin cannot be removed, and a loose pin is when you an remove the pin. Both of these types of hinges have their advantages and disadvantages.
You might be better off with a loose pin hinge if you plan on taking the door off the hinges frequently.
There are so many other types of hinges, and they all have their purpose, such as the knuckle hinge. A knuckle hinges main purpose is for increasing the design of you home. It’s a decorative hinge but it’s also a strong hinge as well. You will use this type of hinge for an exterior door because they are generally heavier than the average interior door.
Hinges are actually a little more complex than you may have ever known. They have the ability to do many things, like keeping your door closed, or hold it open. If you want to keep the door closed than you will need to look at a spring loaded hinge. The types of hinges is not going to be your only concern, you are also going to need to pay close attention to the color, and material of the hinges. And you have many to choose from.