April 29th, 2013 at 12:43 pm
Hardware Sighting of the week

How exciting to find a black nitride rod gas spring on the seat of the chest fly machine at my gym!  It seems they’re adding gas springs on all sorts of new fitness equipment in the past few years.  The addition of the gas spring now eliminates having to yank the seat back up if you want to position it higher as you just unlock the seat by pulling on the handle and that allows the gas spring to extend and assist the seat in moving upwards until you let go of the handle to relock it where you want it.  Sure, you have to push down on the seat to compress the gas spring, but that seems less of an effort than having to pull it back up….  Wouldn’t want to over stress anyone while they’re working out……..

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April 22nd, 2013 at 6:34 pm
Caution: Keep Door Closed When Not In Use

The last thing you want to happen in a floor access panel is to have it flip open and someone trip on it as the tram, bus, or train is in motion.  Spring hinges are the perfect way to keep a door or panel shut.  This particular panel was on the floor or a mini bus and flips open when you want access to the electrical outlet, but snaps shut when you don’t.  As with any hinge or hardware sighting, I always look for the unique, and in this case this spring hinge is spring loaded to close, but the spring legs are hidden from view and not on the outside of the leaves as you normally would think they should be to push the hinge leaves closed.   See a previous post  http://blog.guden.com/?p=827 for more information on this.   You can barely see it in the picture, but if you happen to be crawling on the floor, you can just make but the little indentation just next to the knuckles is actually where the spring leg end is threaded through.  Because of this, the spring to close action “pulls” the leaf shut instead of pushing it shut.  Very unique indeed, but they didn’t want the spring leg on the outside where it would possibly get caught on something or break the clean surface of the hinge and knuckle.

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April 22nd, 2013 at 1:07 pm
In Memory of Joan Silverman

The first thing that comes my mind is that Joan would have been very vocal about me posting a picture of her without her approval of said picture.  But then she would have smiled and been excited that everyone would get to see her and she’d be adamant to know what I was writing about her.  Joan had been a part of our Guden family for almost 40 years and had celebrated her retirement at the end of 2010.  She touched so many people over those many years and always guaranteed them a smile, a laugh, and funny story, and for some of us, a punch in the arm.   She will be missed.

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April 16th, 2013 at 9:32 pm

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April 15th, 2013 at 2:38 pm
The Missing Knuckle

The gate door on the Bennington Pontoon boat is pretty unique as it doesn’t latch in place, but it held in position in a channel and when you want to enter the boat, you pull up on the door and raise it about an inch to clear the channel, then it can swing in to allow access.  This is accomplished by eliminating some of the knuckles on one of the leaves so there is extra space for the hinge to move up and down along the pin.  All the missing knuckles need to be in the same position, but any number of  them can be eliminated, and the bigger the space, the more the door can be raised.  You of course do need to keep in mind that the more you eliminate, the less strong the connection between the doors will become.    Happy Sailing!  Or is it Pontooning….

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April 9th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
Looking For Some Spring Action?

Whether you’re looking for a hinge that’s spring loaded to close, where the leaves are forced together by the spring legs,

Or a spring hinge that’s spring loaded to open, where the leaves are forced away from each other by the spring legs,

Guden is the right place to look.  We have the widest assortment of stock spring hinges around, available in many different lengths, widths, thicknesses and strengths. Pick from our steel, stainless, and plated steel versions, available with holes and without. And keep in mind, the loading terms “open” or “closed” refer just to the direction that the spring legs are pushing the leaves and not necessarily how the hinge will act when it’s mounted.  Depending on what side of the door or lid you’re mounting the hinge leaf will determine the direction that it moves because of the spring tension.  And don’t forget, we can custom make almost any type or size spring hinge you might require as well, just ask your Guden Customer Service Representative for a quotation.


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April 1st, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Lower Stainless Steel Prices At Guden

It’s really true! Really! As of April 1st, some of our stainless continuous items have been reduced based on the metal markets and we’re passing on the savings from the metal manufacturers. When all the prices of things seem to be going up, it’s certainly a treat now to get costs going in the down direction.   It may not be every item, but there are many that have a lower price as of today and onward, at least until the metal markets go back on an upswing.  But in that case, we’ll always hold the costs low as long as we can.  And that, my hardware friends, is no joke!

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March 26th, 2013 at 1:04 am
Guden’s Hinge Terminology 101 – Barrel Diameter

Two dimensions on a hinge that are sometimes mistaken for each other are the Barrel Diameter and the Pin diameter.  There is a relationship between the two as the barrel diameter is the sum of the pin diameter plus twice the material thickness, but it is important when specifying a hinge not to confuse one for the other.  The B dimension above is the pin diameter, and you can see from an end view how the A dimension would be the pin diameter plus two material thicknesses to be the approximate overall barrel diameter.  It is approximate because hinges do have some space between the metals so they can easily rotate around each other without binding.

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March 15th, 2013 at 12:45 pm
A little of the Green for this special weekend!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend!  I’d like to think that just about everyone, whether they’re Irish or not, or  religious or not, takes notice of this holiday.  As with most holidays, it has gotten more and more commercial over the years and I’m certainly not condoning that fact, I’m just stating it.  It would be wonderful if all the holidays were celebrated for what they were meant for when they were created.  Above my green hinge for the day, tilted to the side as some St. Paddy’s Day revelers may well be this weekend…..  The pulling to the left, the curving of the pin and the unraveling of the knuckles are all most likely due to the over stress situation caused by the weight of the door.  It is very important to select the proper size hinge so this doesn’t occur in your application.  The weight, as well as the overall size of the door are both important to factor in, especially where the center of gravity be in relation to the hinge.  Our broad selection of hinges is sure to help with your selection.  If you can’t find it in our stock, we are happy to have it custom made for you too.  Have a great weekend!

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March 6th, 2013 at 1:06 pm
Guden: Hardware Made Easy

Why go to two vendors for your gas springs and mounting hardware? At Guden you can get both.  Our wide range of ball studs and ball type brackets fit quickly and easily into our ball socket end fittings. And with a choice of plastic and metal end fittings to fit your application.  Our “K” style plastic ball socket end as shown above has a push down cap to insure that the ball is captured for an easy and secure connection.  It’s almost just as easy to release by applying a little pressure to pull the cap back up to release the ball mount.  Easy to buy, Easy to use.  At Guden, Industrial Hardware Made Easy.

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