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Are heavy duty hinges (4') for 8 ft door necessary?

Posted by threeapples (My Page) on
Tue, May 15, 12 at 12:12

We have solid wood doors and, for our 2nd floor and basement, I'd like to avoid ball bearing hinges because of the cost. But, do we need heavy duty or are regular hinges ok? Thanks!

Our builder allows $25/per door for hinges and, at least on the first floor where we are doing unlacquered brass in ball bearing, we've exceeded that by quite a bit. I'd like to save elsewhere if we can.

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RE: Are heavy duty hinges (4') for 8 ft door necessary?

yes I would say those types of doors should either have ball bearing hinges or maybe (4) standard butt hinges, but I think the ball bearing type would be better for your application.

RE: Are heavy duty hinges (4') for 8 ft door necessary?

great, thanks, millworkman. glad we are being advised to purchase the right hardware.

RE: Are heavy duty hinges (4') for 8 ft door necessary?

We have MDF doors (heavier than wood) and 4 butt hinges. I asked about ball bearing and my builder said these would be fine - he builds houses with these doors all the time and regular hinges are fine. . . crossing fingers that he is right (he has been doing this for a long time so I trust him to steer me right).

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