May 28th, 2013 at 9:52 am
Back to Work with the Hinge Whisperer

Hopefully you’re all well rested after a long Memorial Day weekend and ready to start  your work week.  And at least it’s a 4 day work week!  While walking around the park I spied hinges on the light post bases and noticed that there were two distinct styles.  The above picture was a standard surface mount, with holes punched for the rivets. Nothing too out of the ordinary here, well except for someone trying to juggle a basket of fries, a drink and take a picture of light post bases……

This other version of hinge mounting kept the hinge leaves more or less out of sight with a bend on each leaf.  The bends allowed the hinge leaves to be mounted from the inside and leave a more unbroken surface for park attendant viewing pleasure.  Just goes to show that every application can have several different hinge solutions.  Send in your most unique hinge and hardware sightings. The Hinge Whisperer loves to see them!


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May 26th, 2013 at 1:58 pm
In Observance of Memorial Day

The H A Guden Co., proudly remembers all those who have served for our country including our own Jack Guden who was part of the National Guard’s 101st Cavalry in the 30′s on the east coast.  We continue to honor our past servicemen and thank them by raising our flag every day. Without their dedication and bravery, we couldn’t enjoy the freedoms our country has to this day.

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May 21st, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Thanks for this one Purple Ladies.  OK could sure use them right now.

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May 20th, 2013 at 3:03 pm
Meet the Guden Hardware

Our three piece Weld On hinge is available in lengths from 1.50″ to over 10.00″. Weld On’s are also in stock in several material variations, one of which is sure to fit your metal requirements.  Steel with steel stainless or brass pins, stainless with a stainless pin, or aluminum with a stainless pin and Guden also stocks several with a grease fitting end for applications that require lubrication.   A washer is also provided with each male/female set.  Steel hinges are supplied with a brass washer, while stainless and aluminum hinges have a stainless steel washer.

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May 13th, 2013 at 11:48 am
Another Sighting From “The Hinge Whisperer”

I spied this hinge on the doors of a rolling desert cart and a very yummy desert cart it was indeed.  As I delightfully chose a slice of cherry cheesecake, I couldn’t help but wonder what this engineer had in mind in specifying such high security for this pin retention.  Maybe he were worried that the pin would work itself out over time? It’s possible. God knows this pin isn’t working it’s way out anytime soon.  I thought maybe it was for a high security reason for someone not being able to get the pin out and break into the precious inventory of cakes and pies within the desert cart, but without even a lock on the door, it must not have been that.  Besides I couldn’t imagine a situation where someone might be trying to get into the cart for the full deserts anyways considering all the sliced pieces presented on top of the cart, though I guess in some weight loss circles, maybe they would be….   Maybe it was more for a cosmetic reason? It could have been that as well, and  I will admit that having a repeated pattern does look a little nicer than just one or two stakes.  Another intriguing mystery. We may never know the real reason, even with an actual Hinge Whispering  with the engineer, but certainly plenty of ideas to mull over while enjoying desert.  In fact, so many thoughts, I had time for another slice of cheesecake….

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May 6th, 2013 at 2:11 pm
Let Guden Handle It

Almost every door, cover or lid requires some kind of handle and Guden has dozens handles in different sizes, shapes and materials.  this one I happened to spot on a fire extinguisher cover panel. It’s satin anodized aluminum finish blending perfectly with the grain finish of the aluminum door.  I love when the finishes match, but of course depending on your preference, maybe you want a handle that stands out against the background instead of blending in.  Whichever finish or shape you care for, I’m sure there’s a Guden handle to match.

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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 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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