The space between where the knuckle wraps around the pin and the start of the leaf is called the Paint Clearance of the hinge. The name comes from exactly what it states, the amount space that would be required so that if the hinge was painted, that the surfaces wouldn’t rub and scrape away the paint around the knuckle. There is a normal standard clearance associated with each series hinge, but it can be widened and in some cases shortened depending on the measurement requirement, but there will always need to be some space just so the hinge doesn’t bind on itself. Have a question on a specific paint clearance for one of our hinges? Just ask one of our Guden customer service reps and they’ll gladly let you know the dimension.
When a hinge this special makes it’s way through the Guden system, it’s hard not to notice it. Laser cuts, notches, slots, holes, radius corners, spun ends, a swing through design, a buffed finish AND three bends. It really doesn’t get any more custom than that! We certainly met this customer’s challenge. Dare to challenge Guden even further with your ultimate hardware request?
Our nickel plated 14786-26 handles certainly seem to get around! Being a popular piece of hardware on many van, delivery and box truck bodies, these Guden handles are both durable and strong. And with 4 mounting holes, they’re easy to attach to almost any surface. Here are two on a Playbill truck delivering theater magazines to all the shows on the Great White Way. Maybe these handles aren’t quite Broadway stars, but to the workers climbing in and out of this truck, they’re certainly big featured players!
There’s never any down time for a good Hinge Whisperer, and last nights commute home from dinner was no exception. A multiple attribute hinge is always fantastic to find, and even though most everyone in my general vicinity was just too tired or busy to join in on my excitement, I knew that my hardware enthusiasts here would share in the thrill of my find. I’m sure one of the first things you notice about this hinge is that it has a long center knuckle and two balanced end knuckles. When needing extra strength, hinge designers will opt for a thicker material, and for a standard hinge or .090 and up, that usually means 2″ long knuckles. But that usually will be an issue if you need the hinge in a short size, so usually the minimum recommended length would be 3″ or so. With the center 2″ knuckle, maybe the minimum you’d want the end knuckles to be would be .50″ just to make sure that the integrity and strength of the hinge is high enough not to have the hinge knuckles uncurl. I also noted that this hinge has balanced end knuckles so the hinge view is cosmetically pleasing. And lastly, I noticed there did not appear to be any hinge pin retention. No visible stake on this side, or spun ends, though the stake may have been on the opposite side. The hinge fit neatly in the space, so in this situation, the pin isn’t really going anywhere, so no retention is needed. An exciting find indeed! And just how many hinges have you spotted already today?
Fresh off our annual Guden Team Day, we couldn’t resist getting together for a group photo. With a few long time veterans, and lots of new faces for sure too, we’re continuing to grow thanks to you. From the left front row: Tim, Michelle, Theresa, Gail, Mary. 2nd row: Sabina, Katy, Elyse, Helene. Standing 3rd row: Rosemarie, Alicia, Jermaine, Keith, Nick, Stephen, Bernie, Rob. 4th row: Jay, Brian, Kirby, Dan, Greg.
Our Hinge Guru site at www.hinges.com is constantly being updated with more knowledge, fun facts and helpful hints for all your hinge design needs. It’s interactive and we certainly welcome your additions and input. Check it out today!
People certainly aren’t the only thing that this nasty 6 letter word affects. And straight from another Hinge Whisperer outing is a perfect example of an over stressed hinge. Check out this picture to see what can happen with most vertically mounted hinges if the weight of the door is too great for the thickness and pin diameter of the hinge. Usually the knuckles of the chassis side of the hinge will unwrap as the door is pulled away and down like it has in the picture. This one unwrapped so much, the knuckle probably caught on something and was ripped right off. Sometimes the knuckle can unwrap when someone hangs extra weight on the door itself too. And for sure, any good Whisperer has heard the ancient secret of making sure the top knuckle comes from the chassis mounted hinge side to make the hinge stronger. I’m just not sure if it’s really a truth or not. I tend to think that no matter which knuckle is on top, it’s going to unwrap if the weight and stress is great enough. Truth or fiction? Maybe only the all knowing Hinge Guru might know……
Start rolling out that red carpet, the Guden film crew is soon to be back in business! We’ve heard your requests for video presentations and aim to please. And just to whet your appetite while you’re waiting for part II, here’s a flashback of part I:
Keep watch for the announcement of the next video premiere date soon!
We have been a leading provider of industrial cabinet and door hardware solutions for nearly 90 years. Our expansive selection of product offerings includes continuous and butt hinges, slip joint, spring latch and spring loaded hinges, gas springs, dampers, lid supports, handles, and latches…all available in a wide variety of materials, sizes, and finishes. Our customer service representatives are highly trained, friendly, and ready to work with you. They will quickly guide you through our selection of stock products or help you to design custom hardware if your job requires it.