Butt hinges have two wings that are held together with the help of a pin called the pivot pin. These are the hinges that have the classic barrels shape along the middle with the rectangular leaves each side. Butt hinges are available in fixed or loose pin styles (the pin being the part that passes in the middle of the barrel). A loose pin butt hinge is usually useful when there’s a need to remove a door e.g. to move in / out large furniture items. It is important to select the correct butt hinges to use for your project. Here are some tips on choosing the right type of Butt hinges, which might be a saving in the longer run:
Tip Number 1 – Quality of the Butt Hinge
When shopping for butt hinges, make sure these are of good quality as good quality hinges would last you a lifetime. Always remember, never to purchase hinges which are made of thin sheet metal. A manufacturer’s warranty on hinges is also a good indicator of quality.
Tip Number 2 – Right Size
When selecting the butt hinges, make sure that you have the right measurements and know what size hinges to buy for your doors. First, measure the door to determine where the hinges are to be located. For example, normally the top of the uppermost hinge plate is placed 5 inches (12.7 cm) from the top of the door and the bottom of the lower hinge is set at 10 inches (25.4 cm) from the bottom of the door. If you are replacing a door, place the hinges so you can use the recesses already on the frame, if possible. Or use the same measurements as found on any other nearby doors.
Tip Number 3 – Check Panel Area
Check to make sure that the area where the hinge will be fitted is not fragile. Therefore, always choose the hinge which leaves about 1/8 of an inch of wood right behind the mortise.
Tip Number 4 – Fire Rating of the Butt Hinge
Fire is a real risk in any building and many aspects of building’s construction are made to take that risk into account and door hinges are no exception. It is important for example that all aspects of fire doors function well, and it’s important that all pathways that fire, smoke, and gases could use to spread in a building are covered. For these reasons you may want to check when selecting door hinges that they’re suitable for fire door use, have been fire tested, and that they can accommodate the addition of intumescent material.
By following these tips, you will be able to find the best butt hinge for your door to use.