Taking on the handyman role leads to self-tutoring: the tutor shares a discovery about hinge sizing.
At possibly around 20 years old, little things on a house can need replacing. Such was the case with the spring hinge on the door between the garage and the shoe room.
I sized the hinge, then went to the hardware store to seek a replacement. I knew I needed a 4″ hinge. However, the measurements on one package said 4″ by 4″ by 1/4″, while the other said 4″ by 4″ by 5/8″.
The measurement at the end, 1/4″ or 5/8″, stumped me. I couldn’t recognize anything that could be that measurement. Furthermore, I feared choosing the wrong one – whatever that measurement might mean – would turn out problematic.
My conclusion is that 1/4″ or 5/8″ means the radius that the mounting plate corners are rounded. I measured the rounded corners of the one to replace; they indeed have radius 5/8″. I bought the 4″ by 4″ by 5/8″ replacement spring hinge, and successfully installed it.
Looking at the spring hinges, I was imagining their functionality, so didn’t think, at first, about their decorative features.
Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.