At least for most of the country anyways, considering I just saw a forecast for a possibility of snow in Michigan tonight. But at least here at Guden headquarters in Ronkonkoma NY, it’s a balmy 60 degrees. So spring is a perfect time to talk about, what else, but Spring Hinges! And a quick look at this picture tells me that because the leaves are being pushed into the open position by the spring legs, this would be a spring-loaded-to-open hinge. Always describe your hinges based on how the spring legs affect the leaves, and not just on what action the mounted hinge has on the door or cover. This helps to avoid confusion or errors in ordering the wrong type of hinge. Because depending on which side of the door the spring leaf is mounted, a spring-loaded-to-open hinge could actually help close the door instead of open it.
I had an interesting observation the other day while poking around an elevator control panel. The usual concealed or invisible hinges had been replaced by a short cut to length continuous hinge and the panel was recessed so the outer surface plane of the door would be even with the frame. What was most notable to me was the missing screws. Out of five holes in the hinge, only 3 of them were used by the installer. I guess I just tend to wonder if someone did this on purpose, wanted to save a few cents on screws, or maybe they just had a screw loose. Personally I would have gone with a black coated screw so at least the missing screws weren’t so obvious, but they probably thought no one would have looked. They were wrong as this Hinge Whisperer leaves no door unopened.
There wasn’t really anything unusual about this continuous hinge sighting until I got closer and checked it out a little more carefully. Sure, Guden supplies all sorts of continuous hinges, and holes are no exception for custom applications, but what caught my eye was near the bottom of the post.
Any good hinge whisperer knows to take a closer look as hinges sometimes aren’t what they just appear to be to the common person. So two things, well maybe three. The hinge designer didn’t specify the right length of the continuous hinge so they had to cut a section off another piece and splice it in to fill in the gap? Or maybe they just didn’t buy the hinges from Guden and were limited to what length they could get. And possibly the maker of this kiosk signage just didn’t care and threw together the hinges at random. Who knows what the real answer actually is. But don’t get caught having to do this! Measure carefully, be sure there are no last minute length changes, and work with a supplier who can do just about any length hinge you want. Within reason for shipping purposes of course.
You don’t need to be Irish today just to have a bit of green fun on St. Patrick’s day! Even today’s featured hinge is green, though it’s a sun faded and possibly rusted mess, but greenish none the less….. We can easily make these hinges in many different sizes, with the strap leaf length of 6, 8 or even 10 inches or more. We just need to know the angle slopes of the leaf and of course all the other dimensions. But green, well sure, we can get them painted green for you too if that’s what you’d want.
There’s still time to set your clocks ahead an hour! At least as far as most of the country is concerned. Though if you’re on the east coast, time is getting close to the usual 9am Monday morning start! I’m sure that if you’ve forgotten over the weekend, you might still be sleeping anyways. So hopefully you have a forgiving boss, or at least one that might have forgotten to spring forward as well.
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It’s always so easy to spot an MS20257 series hinge due to the imprinted part mark on both of the leaves. There needs to be a full part number on every 3 inch space, and the part number will also denote the series and size such as the MS20257-4 part mark above. They’re a popular MS hinge for use in the aerospace industry due to their tolerances and material strength and lightness. This hinge find was a almost a miss in the airplane lavatory, as I could only see the spine from the outside surface of the tissue box panel but after I pried the backing off the flip down door and removed all the boxes, there it was, in plain sight. The most curious things I found about the hinge were these metal studs sticking out from the hinge leaf. I thought maybe they were for mounting, but I’m not sure. Even after trying to pull the plastic door off, the hinge stayed connected, but for obvious reasons I really didn’t exert THAT much pressure….. I thought possibly that they were part of the hinge itself then as I rotated the hinge door closed and tried to look inside, they did touch the frame surface, so maybe they could be a standoff of some sort to keep the door from being pushed too far close? Just another hinge mystery that needs to be solved, but I’ll be sure to keep my eye out for this design on any prints that come in for quoting.
The extended length of a Guden gas spring is measured from center to center of the end fittings, whether they are socket or eyelet type ends. In the case when there are just threaded ends, the measurement should be taken from shoulder to shoulder of the thread. The other important length dimension is stroke of the gas spring. this is how far the gas spring will compress. And just to note, it’s never a great idea to be using the entire stroke length of a gas spring, and it’s recommended to not use more than 80% of an available stroke to avoid bottoming out the gas spring and possibly blowing the seals.
In celebration of current and past Presidents, Guden will be closed Monday 2/17/14. Please visit our website www.guden.com for pricing, stock status, product information, drawings and to place stock orders.
Unfortunately with visibility almost nothing, the snow is coming down quickly, with the forecast calling for a changeover to rain, then ice, then snow again over the next 24 hours. We’d like to make sure our employees are safe, and have called for another snow day today. Please be sure to visit our website www.guden.com for immediate pricing, stock status, and product information and drawings, and we’ll be back on track tomorrow.
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