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  • How to clean old painted brass.

    The first thing you need to know is whether it is solid brass or just brass plated.Scratch the backside of a hinge or a hidden part of your brass piece. If you see a different metal under the coating, it is brass plated. If a deep scratch, or even a bit of grinding reveal no different metal, it...
  • Adjusting doors so they do what YOU want!

    If you look carefully at the photo above you will see that I am holding a rather strange door latch. This thing is called Door Tite and it solves so many problems with exterior doors such as where you have to pull hard part of the year to be able to close the deadbolt with your key. It has a li...
  • Match sticks for filling screw holes.

    Tyler from Toronto, Ontario suggests that when a door hinges screw hole is warn out you can glue in match sticks to fill the hole and then put the screw back in.Match sticks, tooth picks, with and without glue have been used for years to tighten up screw holes. Sometimes simply putting a single ...
  • Doors that won't stay open.

    Dave in London, Ontario has a bathroom door that won't stay open. The frame is probably not vertical, or somebody hung the door non-vertical,  so you will have to play with the hinges to get gravity working on your side. Always tighten the hings screws as a first task -- maybe they are in the rig...
  • Making Piano Hinges work

    Piano hinges are one of the strongest of the very discrete hinges available for lids and doors. The problem is that the screws often work themselves loose, or the heads of the screws prevent the hinge from closing completely.Use long screws, like 2-1/2" #6, even into the edge of half inch plywoo...
  • Trimming a sticking door.

    Maria has a door that sticks and she is tired of having to use her hip to open the door, especially in the summer time. So let's look at a few tips about un-sticking doors.It is best to work at the time when it sticks the most. For Maria that is the summer time when the humidity is highest a...
  • Special tools for hinges.

    Here are two special tools that make working with hinges easier. The first photo shows a hinge scoring tool. It actually has chisel like blades on three sides, laid out to exactly the size of a given hinge. You pound it into the wood with a hammer and the hinge mortise is scored on all three s...
  • A tip for cutting a piano hinge.

    When you try to cut a piano hinge with a hack saw, you often run into the problem that the hinge pin just rolls around, not staying put long enough to allow the saw teeth to dig into it. Many piano hinges now have one of the two leafs crimped onto the hinge. That means that one leaf rotates on t...
  • Cheating doorways wider for wheel chair access

    Getting through doors with a wheelchair or even a stroller can be a real problem and often all you need is an inch more.  In answer to a question from a radio listener I went hunting and came up with the Swing Clear Offset Door Hinge on www.AdaptiveAccess.com .  They tell the story best on Adap...
  • Getting hinges and latches adjusted to fit

    ENTRANCE DOOR HORIZONTAL ADJUSTMENTS Entrance doors often warp from season to season and are hard to close in the winter and rattle in the summer.  This requires moving the strike plate horizontally -- but the good fit changes from season to season.  Don't adjust it at all -- but rather follow...