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1. I ordered the wrong item, how do I make an exchange or a return? An exchange is actually two transactions, a return for credit and a new purchase. You may return anything you purchased from us if the item is in brand new condition (no scratches, no missing parts, screws, etc) and if you [...]

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It is a myth that hinges are always sold by the pair.  We sell hinges in two ways; by the “PAIR” or by the “EACH” depending usually on how they are packaged by the manufacturer.  To determine how a hinge on our website is sold, look for the selling “UNIT”. You will find it right [...]

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Bronze is a “Living Finish” Bronze is an old world material that does not deteriorate in coastal or other regions. The bronze finish, however, is a “living” finish. This means that it changes over time in a way that most people find desirable. When bronze is exposed to air it will tarnish quickly and turn [...]

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An overview of the different types of hinges offered by HardwareSource.com

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What’s in that hinge? Hinges today come in all shapes, sizes and finishes, but chances are they have one thing in common: they’re made of metal. But how do you know what metal to choose for your hinge? Steel is a favorite for hinges of all types. It is relatively cheap, strong, and durable. Its [...]

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Hinges have come a long way since blacksmiths stood over fiery crucibles to forge them one by one, but the question of how to make a better hinge is one that still hangs over hinge manufacturers today. If you’ve ever wondered why one door hinge can be $3, while a seemingly equivalent door hinge is [...]

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We carry quality hinges from some of the best hinge manufacturers in the world. You can visit their sites for more information on some of the hinges you will find in our hinge catalog. If you have any unanswered questions, don’t hesitate to contact us directly. We will do all we can to find the right hinge made by the [...]

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Architectural Finish Hardware – Functional hardware with a finished appearance. A part of the decorative treatment of the building and its rooms. See our section on “All about Door Hinges” for more information. Articulated Doors – Usually refers to doors used on Entertainment Centers where the door needs to open wide enough to allow the [...]

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Where can you find Blum hinges online? Why, right here at HardwareSource of course! Use our handy hinge search and see for yourself. Why do we carry Blum hinges? Keep reading… In 1952 Julius Blum began the Blum company in Hochs Germany with little more than the sweat of his brow and some fantastic engineering synapses just beneath. He was [...]

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from The Encyclopedia of Hardware, with some minor edits [1] Hinge types come in a seemingly endless variety, but keeping in mind the following facts should eliminate some of the confusion.Many companies specify that hinges are “handed”-that is, designed to go on either the left or right hand of the door. In some cases the [...]

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The Soss Invisible Hinge is a very unique piece of hardware. It is a hinge that is completely invisible or concealed from both the outside and the inside of the door when the door is in the closed position. At HardwareSource.com, we carry 11 sizes of Soss Hinges in 5 different finishes (Satin Brass, Satin Chrome, [...]

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What is a Pair of Hinges We sell hinges in two ways; by the “PAIR” or by the “EACH” depending usually on how they are packaged by the manufacturer. The selling “UNIT” is indicated on the same line as the “PRICE” and the “SKU” number. A “PAIR” means two hinges. “EACH” means one hinge.

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Article shows how to adjust Blum European style hinges.

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How to Estimate Door Weights Figures below represent average pounds per square foot.

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An entertainment center is a piece of cabinetry that houses a television screen and all the accompanying audio and video equipment. It can be built-in or free standing (for example an armoire). For our purposes we are interested in how the doors hinge. This is important because when open, the door must be able to be [...]

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All about Door Hinges for Residential Doors The information on door hinges below applies to hinges for residential homes and not for commercial applications. Architectural Door Hinges The hinges on our website that we call “Architectural Hinges” are the ones most people want to use when upgrading the hardware in their home or when installing [...]

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Cabinet Door Types; Overlay Doors, Inset Doors, and Offset Doors There are four basic cabinet door hinge types: Overlay cabinet doors (the door is larger than the opening and “lays over” it) Full Inset cabinet doors (the door fits completely in the opening and is flush with the cabinet surface) Partial Inset cabinet doors (part of [...]

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How to Measure the Inset on a Partial Inset Door A partial inset door is generally found on a cabinet which has a face frame. When the door is closed part of the thickness of the door fits inside the opening of the cabinet (this is the “inset”) and part of the door “overlays” the cabinet opening (this is [...]

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How to Measure Your Overlay A face frame cabinet is a cabinet which has a front panel into which an opening has been cut. An overlay door is a door which, when closed, lays “on top” of the cabinet opening (no part of the door goes into the opening since the door is larger than the opening). [...]

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Historical Development and Advances of the Hinge Why are we so hung up on hinges? This simple little piece of hardware has caused a revolution in the way we build our houses, secure our possessions, and travel about, since even a small hinge can make you eight times stronger than you would be without it.[1] [...]

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