What sizes do piano hinges come in?
Width (measured from the edge of one leaf to the edge of the other) ranges from about 1 to 2 in. Width and thickness of the hinges increase with the length. Piano hinges are sold in standard lengths, typically from 12 to 72 in. and you can cut them to whatever length your project requires.
Can you cut a piano hinge to size?
Another good thing about piano hinges is that you can cut them at any length you want. This will help you match the door assembler to the door more accurately.
How do you measure the width of a piano hinge?
Use your ruler or measuring tape to measure the width from one leaf edge to the pin in the middle of the hinge. Then multiply that figure by two; the width of a hinge is the sum of two leaf widths. A hinge’s width is vital to its pin and knuckle action.
Why are piano hinges made out of aluminum?
Longer than other hinges, piano hinges run the entire length of doors and lids for strength and durability. These hinges have a standard clearance— when they are closed, the distance between the leaves is about the same as the pin diameter. Aluminum hinges are about half the weight of brass and low-carbon steel. They have mild corrosion resistance.
Which is better plastic hinges or metal hinges?
Plastic hinges are a lightweight alternative to metal hinges and provide smooth, silent operation. Choose these hinges for their adherence to strict military standards for material and construction. Stronger than metal and plastic hinges, these are the lightest weight hinges we offer.
What do hinges do when a door is closed?
The leaves of these hinges almost touch when the door is closed. They are often used in electrical enclosures for a tight seal. When the door is closed, the distance between the leaves is larger than the pin diameter, creating an offset to accommodate a gasket or trim.
Do you have to drill holes for door hinges?
Mounting slots allow door alignment adjustments during and after hinge installation. No need for drilling holes or welding, slip these hinges onto panel and door edges for a secure fit. The leaves of these hinges almost touch when the door is closed. They are often used in electrical enclosures for a tight seal.