September 28th, 2014 at 7:10 am
It’s a Wrap

Or when Extruded Aluminum hinges are concerned, it’s not.  Most hinges are made by wrapping a flat piece of metal around a pin. But with extruded hinges, the leaf is formed as a solid piece.  Chunks of the hinge are then milled out to create the knuckles and a hole is drilled down the “barrel” so a pin can be inserted. Then two leaves are meshed together and the hinge is created by sliding the pin through the knuckles.  This construction allows for a greater amount of strength and durability for the hinge because it eliminates the unwrapping issue that causes many hinges to fail.  Though of course an extruded aluminum hinge isn’t perfect under extreme stress and weight, but it can help make your application stronger without going to much heavier thicknesses and adding significantly more weight.  Guden carries the entire MS20001 extruded aluminum hinge line in full lengths and can supply cut to length or with modifications such as holes or half hinges for any military specification requirement.  But they’re not just for military use, and can be used in any application that require an extruded hinge.  You can see the wide array of Guden extruded aluminum hinge sizes here:

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September 22nd, 2014 at 8:16 pm
Guden Weld-On Hinges are Sleek and Smooth

Several things came to mind when I spotted this weld-on on the back of a trailer.  Well a pair of them, I just wanted detail on the hinge so you just get to see one.  First I noticed the nice clean low profile of the hinge due to the lack of leaves and the simple weld connection along the edge of each piece.  That’s probably the best reason to use a Guden weld-on hinge.  Second, on the end to the left there was a grease fitting attachment for lubricating the pin which makes assembling and disassembling easier.  And third, it was very unusual to see this in a horizontal mounting position.  But the trailer gate was locked in from the right side so it couldn’t slide off without disengaging.  Definitely an interesting find for any Hinge Whisperer!  You can check out the large selection of Guden weld-on hinges here.

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September 15th, 2014 at 9:55 am
Guden and Wagner Casters Just Keep Rolling

When you don’t go with a Wagner caster from Guden, you run the risk of an inferior axle assembly and get this.  And no one wants a caster that doesn’t do it’s job and roll across the floor but that’s exactly what can happen when threads, fabric, hair, or whatever else might be on the floor gets caught up in a low quality axle-to-fork connection.  Wagner casters from Guden feature a precision assembly which guards against this kind of problem which keeps them rolling smoothly and effortlessly.  Exactly what you want from a caster.  The selection of stock Wagner casters is available here on the Guden site and every single other Wagner part number is also available with just a short wait.

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September 11th, 2014 at 8:38 am
In Memory and In Honor

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September 8th, 2014 at 11:21 am
Guden Hinge Design 101 – Hinge and Knuckle Length

At Guden, there are several ways at looking at this hinge knuckle, and depending on your viewpoint, some of the opinions may be better than others.   When designing the length of the hinge, Guden will always recommend that the length be equally divisible by the length of the knuckle.  Or as in this case, you’ll get a partial knuckle that may be a little deformed from the shearing-to-length process. We can certainly have the hinge cut by a saw so the end is nice and neat and with just a little bit more cost, but if cosmetics are what your application is needing, it might be the way to go.  But on the other hand, this deformed partial knuckle may look a little ugly, but it allows for whatever length hinge is needed for the door length, AND as a bonus it also retains the pin so there’s no need to do an extra pin retention step like staking.  So which is it for you?

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September 3rd, 2014 at 5:36 pm
The Guden Hinge Whisperer – A Few Good Hinges

Well it was no surprise to me to receive a sighting from a fellow Hinge Whisperer on their visit to a naval museum! I know there are always tons of sightings just waiting to be found when military ships, plans or vehicles are concerned.  And of course I was also happy to see some other pics of boats and carrier planes….. And take this wonderful shot here.  Right there above the NAVY stencil you can clearly see a hinge, which happens to be  a standard MS3582911D steel hinge.  Yes, It was even verified by sighting the part number stamped into the hinge leaf.  Every access door and panel definitely needs some kind of hinge and there are always so many of them on military transportation and ground support equipment.  So if you’re needing military specification hinge, Guden carries a full line of continuous hinges from the MS3500 series and A-A-5500 series hinges to the popular aerospace MS20001 series and MS20257series  hinges.  Even MS20253 series pins are available.   There are also an assortment of military specification handles, catches, latches and Navy locker hardware too.   You can find all of these items here

And I love to see your best Hinge Whisperer sightings, so keep on sending them in to! Who knows, one day you may see your submission posted for theGuden  hinge and hardware community.

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August 29th, 2014 at 2:12 pm
Happy Labor Day 2014

H A Guden will be closed on Monday 9/1/2014 in observance of Labor Day.  Since 1887, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of our great labor force towards the prosperity and progress of our country the first Monday in September.  If your Labor Day unfortunately includes labor,  our websites are available 24/7 for product dimensions, pricing, drawings and custom hinge information.  Happy Labor Day!

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August 28th, 2014 at 8:31 am
Guden and E R Wagner Casters – It’s All About the Weight

Picking out a Guden caster can sometimes be tricky, maybe just because there are so many varieties and sizes or maybe because so many different types can do the trick for you.  Of all the determining factors, weight is probably the most important.  No one wants a something with wheels that doesn’t roll!  The two dimensions on a caster wheel that help determine the weight load are the wheel diameter and tread width.   And just like you’re thinking, yes, the larger the diameter and wider the tread, the more weight the caster can support, and don’t forget that you’ll most likely have 4 casters on your application to help distribute the weight as well.  Think about a tractor trailer for a minute. Most have up to 18 or more wheels right?  Certainly the truck could move just with 4 wheels like your standard car, but adding more wheels helps support more weight.   Check out all the stock Guden / Wagner casters here:, and Guden can supply any Wagner item number as a custom request.

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August 18th, 2014 at 8:28 am
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream

For Ice Cream!  What would summer be without stopping in to your favorite store for a delicious frozen treat!  And in this case, this Hinge Whisperer was also treated to a frozen length of continuous hinge riveted to the protective door over the ice cream selections.  I may have even ordered a scoop of the mint chocolate hinge before I realized my mistake. LOL  But looking at the hinge I could easily see the in-line holes on both leaves and then noticed that instead of all full knuckles, this designer specified balanced ends.  You can see the partial knuckle more clearly on the left side of the picture.  So why the partial end knuckles I pondered as they were scooping out my treat. I couldn’t actually measure them, but it looked like the two partial knuckles could have easily been eliminated and just been an all full knuckle hinge.  I guess it could have been for retaining the pin since the partial knuckles were a little crushed and were on the same leaf so the hinge didn’t bind. Or maybe the designer just wanted them.  I’ll never end up knowing, but then again enjoying a cool ice cream treat seemed to be the more important issue at the time anyways.

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August 11th, 2014 at 9:37 am
Coined Pins and the Hardware Jungle

One of the more elusive of the hinge pin retention styles is the coined pin.   It’s easily identified by it’s flattened end which in most cases is used to hold the pin inside the barrel of the hinge because the flat part is wider than the inside diameter of the hinge barrel. They’re just a rarity to spot roaming free.  Only the most devout Hinge Whisperers who take the time to inspect a hinge looking down and into the barrel will spot them inside the curl. But surprise, surprise, in this case, no deep jungle stalking was even required because there it was, right out in the open while I was checking out a few shelter cats and dogs. Among all the beautiful creatures I expected to see there,  I never expected to stumble upon this unique animal and perched in an unusual position too.   In front of all the cages were a pair of take apart hinges with a hinge pin in place to hold the  two hinge leaves together. But this wasn’t just any the standard pin end I was seeing,  it was most certainly a coined pin variety.  The flattened metal sticking out above the hinge barrel made it easy to tag this rare beast.  But why use a coined pin here like this I wondered. Sure, a spun pin end is the more common way this hinge arrangement would be found in the wild, and would have certainly done the job just as nicely, but when interviewed, members of the staff all heartily agreed the flat part of the pin made it easier to grip and pull out.  So that was was the reason.  Certainly an unconventional use of a coined pin, but it did turn out to add the most functionality to the hinge in the application.  Just proves you can’t ever stop learning more things about hinge and hardware and their varied uses! And the easiest place to learn is the Guden Hinge Guru site!

And please don’t forget the pets in our shelters!  It would be wonderful if you could give one of these beauties a forever home, but if you aren’t able to, they also accept donations, food, treats, and most certainly welcome visits to give love and attention to some lonely caged animals.  And while you’re there, keep your eyes open for unique hardware sightings.

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