Today’s blog is about self closing hinges. When doing inspections on homes this little part is really almost forgotten. So in today’s blog we will discuss where you need them, why you should have them and what they are. So lets begin.
Self closing hinges are a hinge that is designed to be placed in the door where the original manufacture hinge was installed. There are many variations on the market, but for all intentional purposes you want the one that is approximately 3 1/2″ in height. When installing these type of hinges they normally fit into the existing mortised area. A tad bit of chiseling maybe needed near the edges. Its extremely important to you the size of the existing hinge. Don’t try to by a 5 inch hinge to replace the 3 1/2″ hinge. It will not work.
So why do we have them? These type of hinges are designed mainly for doors that lead into the garage. The purpose of these is to close the door freely, as to not allow any carbon monoxide into the home. So for example. Lets say you are coming home with the kids and groceries but have to run back out to get to a meeting. Its cold. So you pull in to greet your spouse at the door. Car is running in the garage. You are unloading back and forth with groceries and kids. The door is open and you just now allowed the carbon monoxide to go into the home. Oh, you just set the CO2 alarm off too. With these type of hinges the door should not be propped open. (states in the directions) And the door closing will assist to blocking a lot of the CO2 gas from the engine.
You may see these type of hinges on office areas in the home or a room that you may have valuables or guns. For example, my home office has these type of hinges.
So in closing, these type of hinges are very economical to install and of course we can as well. Most of them come in different finishes for example, stainless to black copper. You can get these at the big box store as they are sold individually. (You need 2) Or we can supply them too from our manufacture. We will be gladly to install these at your home in Land O Lakes, Hudson, Holiday, or Dade City Florida. For more information about self closing hinges or any other type of repairs, please call us anytime. 352-437-5300 or look us up on the web; www.pascoremodel.com Thank You.