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Fitting Guide – How to fit T-Hinges to a planked door

January 14, 2016

Fitting T-Hinges
written by Vicki Bale
Fitting T-Hinges

How to fit a T-Hinge

Fitting Guide – How to fit T-Hinges to a planked door

If you have planked doors, perhaps in oak or reclaimed pine they need to be hung using T-Hinges.

A T-Hinge is named as it forms a letter T shape when on the door. They attach to the door frame and have an arm which comes across the vertical planks, offering additional support to the door construction. If possible the arm should go across 1/2 to 2/3 of the width of the door. Do not skimp on the length of hinges on a planked door, otherwise you may get some sagging of the outer planks. They come in many different lengths and we have sizes from 4″ to 22″ in our range, so you should find something to suit. The thickness, size and weight of the door are all factors to be considered when selecting hinges. Another option for increased strength is to opt for three hinges per door. Hinges should always be mounted on the vertical planks and not on the ledges (the horizontal bars on the rear of the door).

Our T-Hinges are available in two period designs, a simple penny round or an arrowhead end and we have three finishes, black powder coated iron for external use, wax finish iron for internal use and pewter patina, an attractive silver colour. All hinges are hand forged in the traditional manner.

To fit your hinges, please click on the video link – Video How To Fit A T-Hinge

Here are the stages summarised:

1. Choose the position of the hinge

2. Mark the fixing holes with a pencil

3. Drill pilot holes for all fixings – this is important or you will damage or snap the specially matched fixing screws

4. Fix the hinge with the special screws we provide

5. Repeat the process for other hinges

6. Offer up the hinges to the frame

7. Drill pilot holes for the fixings

8. Fix hinges to the frame

9. If applicable – offer architrave up to the frame and mark for notching out. If the hinge is mounting to a flat surface this will not apply.

To purchase click here: Iron Hinges, Pewter Hinges or on the other links in this article.

T-Hinges Hand ForgedT Hinges in Pewter PatinaT-Hinges Iron




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    Tom Slockett says:

    How do you choose the position of the hinges on the door to keep them aligned so they don’t bind when you open it?

    Vicki Bale says:

    If you have t Hinges, they should be mounted on the vertical planks of the door and the part which goes on the frame and the arm which goes on the door must be in line.

    Neil says:

    Using 3 T hinges per door for strengthening purposes is a good idea. However I did not understand why the hinges must be fixed on vertical door planks and not on ledges. Overall this blog post was great and the photos made it extra great.

    Vicki Bale says:

    The ledges are add ons. The planks are the main body of the door. The hinge when attached to the vertical adds strength and can help prevent this type of door suffering from the outer planks sagging. It makes for a much stronger job all round.