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Every door needs a hinge – Nancy Hiller shows you which hinges to use, the advantages of each type, and how to install them.

Wherever there’s a door, there must be hinges – and just as there’s a galaxy of door types, there is a variety of hinges and modes of installation. Even when we narrow the field to those used in furniture and built-ins (as distinct from entry doors or gates designed for cattle), the options are many. In this article we’ll describe the uses and installation of several common varieties. In the June 2018 issue (#239) we’ll add five that are less common.

Butterfly/Applied Hinges

Vertical play. This hinge had a lot of vertical play. The larger gap below the center section of the barrel is from my holding the door up. Compensate for this play when inserting the screws, or the door will sag.

Surface-mounted hinges are decorative, often having strong period associations – especially with built-ins from the early 20th century – and are simple to install.


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