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361. Everything Hinges on this

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First, narrow down the selection by some major factors. Based on the size, weight, and shape of your work materials, does the hinge need to be small and delicate or heavy and durable?


Also remember that while most types of hinges are reversible (either end can be mounted in the upright position), some are made for either a right- or left-hand door. One example is the loose-pin hinge. With this hinge, common for hanging doors, the pin must be removed from the top; therefore, you cannot reverse a loose-pin hinge.


You can tell if you need a right- or left-hand hinge by standing on the outside of the door. If the door opens away from you toward your right side, you need right-hand hinges. If it opens away from you toward your left side, you need left-hand hinges.


Also think about how much of the hinge you want showing when the door is closed. If the hinge is showing, should it be decorative in nature or can it be simple and functional in design? If you want most of the hinge concealed, will this affect the functionality and ease of use in any way?

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Taken on May 24, 2009