Part 4 in a 10-part series on specifying hinges
We have all been there: Trying to keep a door open with our foot, a shoe or something else we find lying around. Today’s applications increasingly require hands–free access (or a really patient friend who will hold the door for you). If this is the case with your application, consider using a hinge with a built-in detent feature to hold the door or panel open at a preset angle. Or use an adjustable-torque feature, which will let you tighten or free up the door swing. Both of these hinge styles eliminate mechanical supports like gas struts or door stays.
Detent and torque hinges are two products in one—the hinge and the door stay. They bring with them some nice benefits, too. They reduce the number of parts, cut down on installation time and lower the overall cost.
Most detent hinges come with preset opening angles; some even provide negative angles that let the hinge go slightly past center when closed. This also holds the door securely against the frame and reduces vibration (a viable option when you know you might have rattling!). In some cases, you won’t even need a latch. Detent hinges are most appropriate for small lightweight applications. If this sounds like your application and you can benefit from some of these features, give it a try!
Next week: Using removable hinges to access an interior