August 5th, 2013 at 1:55 pm
The Hinge Whisperer Finds Basic Black to Always Be in Style

Coatings on hinges are just one way to make your hinge more corrosion resistant, or just to make it blend in with the chassis it’s mounted to.   Check out this black powder coated hinge above.  You can barely see it against the black painted frame, and I almost   missed seeing it after prying open the back fuse panel door on this large electrical box underneath an unused store checkout counter. Except for the unusual usage of zinc plated screws, this hinge seems to almost disappear into the black frame.  Why they didn’t use black screws, I’m really not sure. But if they had, maybe this hinge might have gone unnoticed.  Black zinc plating or a black powder painting are two simple ways to get a black finish on steel, or for a less costly, but less beautiful finish, black oxide can also be done.  If the material is stainless, you can do a black passivate, or of course, a painted finish as well.  But one thing to note on finishes other than painting,  black finishes, especially black tinted plating, can tend to be a little more costly as the EPA has gotten tougher these days, and disposal of these color finishes is getting more difficult.

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July 30th, 2013 at 9:56 am
Meet the Guden Hardware – Ball Studs

Ball studs are just one type of hardware that help attach a gas spring to the door or lid and to the frame or chassis of the product they’re mounted to.  You would use them with plastic socket end fittings or, as shown, metal socket end fittings.  They are available in either an 8mm or 10mm ball diameter, several different thread lengths, and in metric or US thread sizes. Guden also carries them in both zinc plated steel and in stainless steel. Custom sizes can be done, but hopefully one of our wide array of choices will fit your application as custom requests will require a significant quantity to make them cost effective.

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July 22nd, 2013 at 4:54 pm
Country of Origin Made Easy

While the majority of Guden products are Made In USA, to keep our selection as well rounded as possible, we also import products from several different countries.  All countries of origin are clearly marked on our boxes and paperwork, and if you require additional documentation of a parts origin please, we can quickly and easily complete your submitted forms.  I know, I know,  you hate all this just as much as we do, but until regulations are different, which doesn’t seem likely, we’re all stuck with doing it.  We’ve constantly working with our suppliers to get the most current and accurate information and we always want to make it as quick and painless of a process for everyone involved, including us!

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July 15th, 2013 at 12:35 pm
Hinge Terminology 101

PITCH – This term isn’t used all that often anymore, but it does come up every once in a while, so an explanation of what it is certainly can’t hurt.   Pitch is the measurement from a point on a knuckle to the same exact point on the next knuckle falling on that same leaf.  As in the picture above,  measuring from the right end of the knuckle,  to the next right end of the knuckle.  It’s almost just adding two knuckle lengths together, but you also need to add in the spacing between the knuckles, so this measurement includes those two spaces as well.

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July 8th, 2013 at 1:53 pm
An International Installment of “The Hinge Whisperer”

This special hinge sighting was so rare and unique, it took a trip across the border to Toronto Canada for this hinge whisperer to capture it!  The elusive Embossed Spring Leg Hinge is a very very rare variety, and even rarer to be able to see it in use on the outside surface of the hinge.  For most spring legs, the spring just lays on the leaf, but adding an emboss into the hinge leaf, the channel allows the spring leg to be flush with the surface, so nothing catches on it.  Or most commonly you emboss so that you can mount that surface of the leaf flat against another surface.   It was wonderful to spy this in a Toronto taxicab and I couldn’t wait to post this special find.

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July 4th, 2013 at 4:11 am
Happy Birthday America!

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, the H.A Guden Co. will be closed July 4th and July 5th. Enjoy your holiday, and be safe with those fireworks!  If you should need product information or pricing, please visit our website and we will reopen on Monday July 8th.

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July 1st, 2013 at 12:44 pm

With so much talk about equal this, and equal that in the national news, what better time for a talk on Equal End Knuckles for hinges!  Depending on the length of your hinge, you may be getting a partial knuckle situation and to make the hinge look more symmetrical, we can supply the hinge with balanced or equal end knuckles as pictured above.  The process of doing equal knuckles on the ends is also handy when you have very short hinges, and need to meet the minimum 3 knuckle construction for a well operating hinge.  So if the knuckle length is say .50″, and you want to have a 1.00″ long hinge, you could have one center knuckle of .50″ and equal balanced knuckles of .25″ .  Who says hinges don’t have equal rights too.  :)

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June 24th, 2013 at 2:28 pm
Meet the Guden Hardware – Chest Handles

Our 1207 chest handle is available in steel and stainless steel, and also with a standard hole pattern.  We can also supply it with your hole pattern, we just need to know your specifications for hole size and location.  This handle has a free swinging grip that stops at 90 degrees at almost horizontal and is perfect for many of your quick, economical and easy chest handle applications.

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June 17th, 2013 at 5:46 pm
MS20001 Series Extruded Hinge

I think the most interesting thing about MS20001 series hinges is that each leaf is one solid piece of extruded aluminum with the knuckles cut out of it, and a hole drilled down the center for the pin.  Popular in the aerospace industry because of it’s strength and lightweight construction, you commonly would see it in airplanes or other aviation vehicles and products. You most likely never get to see the end of these hinges because they’re usually fit into a space tightly so the pin is held in place the walls of the space, but here’s a unique look for your viewing pleasure.

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June 10th, 2013 at 1:52 pm
Guden: Hardware Security at it’s Finest!

It’s not that big of a deal anymore to see a piece of hardware speeding by me at 60 mph, but in this case FIVE of them!  The hinges are most likely steel heavy gauge continuous pieces, and I can see they’ve got 2″ knuckles so it’s probably at least .090 thickness. but without seeing the width, I can’t be sure which one of our Guden continuous hinges they could have been made from but the 3 handles are could most definitely be our 14786-26 chrome grab handles, the size, shape and hole pattern are for sure very similar.  Count them,  FIVE sightings in one view.  And who knows how much more might have been inside, though maybe I’d be too busy looking at the money if I got inside somehow, or at least maybe a view of a jail cell…..   So don’t dismay if you don’t see much hardware walking around, keep your eye out on highways!

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