Originally Posted by wlj1943
I did a search on plastic hinge material on the forums and came up with no matches after hours of reading threads; so I will try the power of the forum!
Here is my problem. After 36 years the plastic hinges on my storage bin covers on the Caravel
are all almost at once beginning to fail leaving now 3 and soon four free floating pull down doors .
Last year I talked to some other vintage owners at the Brooks (OR) outing and discovered by inspection of a Jackson Center built 1971 unit his hinges and covers were slightly different, (enough so they might not easily interchange) and also noted some had used metal piano hinge which to me was not a good solution. Any suggestions out there? The hinge is asymetrical as it bends only on one edge and folds up smooth so both door halves slide in out of the way. I found one plastic hinge manufacturer on the internet that could run off a custom batch; I am willing to do this if others are interested or better yet maybe we could talk Steve at Vintage or Andy at Inland into participating if there is no there is no other source. I await the power of the forum, and please send me a private message if someone wants me to post some photos.
How about these?
Surface-Mount Piano Hinges
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Load-Rated Piano Hinges with Bearings and Holes
Not your ordinary piano hinges, these are load rated for heavy doors and have nylon bearings spaced along the length of the hinge—the weight of the door is evenly distributed on the bearings for smooth door opening. One leaf mounts to the edge of the frame; the other mounts to the door surface or edge (see below). Ideal for replacing butt hinges on new and existing doors. Reversible for right- and left-hand doors. Pin is stainless steel. Can be cut with a band saw or hacksaw. From the folded position, the range of motion is 180° . Fire rated for 90 minutes for hollow metal and composite core wood doors. All have punched and countersunk mounting holes. Furnished with #10 screws; Style A also comes with #8 x 3/4" fasteners. Max. Leaf Pin Knuckle Mounting Max. Door Min. Cap., lbs. Lg. Thick. Dia. Lg. Frame Door Thick. Clearance† Each Steel— Prime Coat Finish A
6007 ft. 1/16" 1/4"1 7/8"EdgeSurface1 3/4" 1/8" 14225A22
$176.16 Type 304 Stainless Steel— Dull Finish A
6007 ft. 1/16" 1/4"1 7/8"EdgeSurface1 3/4" 1/8" 14225A24
6007 ft. 1/16" 1/4"1 7/8"EdgeEdge1 3/4" 3/8" 14225A26
342.77 † Minimum clearance between frame and door.
Load-Rated Aluminum Geared Hinges
Instead of having pins and knuckles that could bend or shear, these aluminum hinges are geared with nylon bearings to minimize door sag and deflection. Plus, they're load rated to handle heavy doors. The weight of the door is evenly distributed on the bearings, which are spaced along the length of the hinge—the result is smooth, easy door opening. Hinges surface mount. From the folded position, the range of motion is 180° . Without Holes—
Weld in place or drill holes for screws. With Holes—
Excellent for replacing butt hinges, they're also used anywhere a door has been ripped out of the frame. Hinges have punched and countersunk holes. Furnished with snap-on security molding and #12 and 1/4" screws. Cap., Daily Leaf Min. Anodized Finish Bronze Finish lbs. Openings Lg. Thick. Clearance†Each Each Without Holes— Capacity based on use with doors up to 2' Wd. x 4' Ht.
12114' 1/16" 1/32" 1381A33
—— With Holes— Capacity based on use with doors up to 3' Wd. x 7' Ht.
160806'11" 1/16" 1/32" 1382A18
$203.41 320806'11" 1/16" 1/32" 1382A23
219.23 † Minimum clearance between frame and door.
Plastic Piano Hinges without Holes
1 1/2" Open Width
2" and 3 1/2" Open Widths
A lighter weight, more corrosion-resistant alternative to metal piano hinges, these plastic hinges have rigid leaves and a flexible elastomer middle instead of a pin. The pinless construction results in smooth, silent operation. There are no mounting holes—surface mount hinges with adhesive, screws, nails, or other fasteners. Can be cut with a hacksaw. The 1 1/2" open width hinges are for indoor use; the 2" and 3 1/2" open width hinges are for indoor and outdoor use. All have a white middle, except for 11195A11
, which has a clear middle. From the folded position, the range of motion is 360° , unless noted. Temp. range is 45° to 150° F, unless noted. PVC—
Leaves are PVC; this material is the most widely used vinyl, but has poor impact strength. Acrylic—
Leaves are clear acrylic; this material has good clarity, but poor impact strength. PETG—
Leaves are clear PETG, which has excellent clarity and good impact strength. Open Leaf Middle Clear PVC White PVC Clear Acrylic Clear PETG Wd. Lg. Thick. Material Each Each Each Each
1 1/2"6 ft. 3/32"Polyester 11195A41
‡$36.00 2"6 ft. 5/64"Polyurethane 11195A43
11.67 3 1/2"6 ft. 3/32"Polyurethane 11195A44
20.27 º From the folded position, the range of motion is almost 180° . ‡ Leaf thickness is 1/8". Max. temp. is 100° F.
Harsh-Environment Plastic Piano Hinges without Holes
Made of tough polyolefin plastic, these hinges resist saltwater, oil, most chemicals (including solvents), temperature extremes, and damaging UV rays. All of the hinges have rigid leaves and a flexible webbed middle instead of a pin. The pinless design results in smooth, silent operation. There are no mounting holes—surface mount hinges using adhesive, screws, nails, or other fasteners. Can be cut with a box cutter or razor. For indoor and outdoor use. From the folded position, the range of motion is 360° . Temperature range is -40° to +180° F.
To Order: Please specify color (black, gray, or white) and length from those listed below. The last length listed is the maximum continuous length. Available Leaf 1 1/8" Open Wd. 1 1/2" Open Wd. 2" Open Wd. 3" Open Wd. Lengths Thick. Per Ft. Per Ft. Per Ft. Per Ft.
4', 8', 25' 1/8" 1588A71
Slip-Over Panel Plastic Piano Hinges
Acrylic and PETG No need for nails, screws, glue, or cement to mount these hinges; their leaves are ribbed channels that you press onto panel edges for a snug fit. All have rigid leaves with a flexible elastomer middle instead of a pin. For indoor use. From the folded position, the range of motion is 180° , unless noted. PVC—
Leaves are PVC; this material is the most widely used vinyl, but has poor impact strength. To Order: Please specify hinge color: clear or white. Polypropylene—
Leaves are polypropylene, which has good impact strength. Middle is the same color as the hinge. To Order: Please specify hinge color: black, dark brown, or white. Acrylic—
Leaves are clear acrylic; material has good clarity, but poor impact strength. PETG—
Leaves are clear PETG, which has excellent clarity and good impact strength. For Panel Open Leaf Thick. Wd. Lg. (A) (B) (C) Thick. Each PVC with White Polyester Middle— Temp Range: 30° to 150° F
1/4"1 1/2"6 ft. 19/32" 15/32"1 1/4" 1/16" 11565A35
$11.88 Polypropylene w/Polypropylene Middle— Not Rated for Temp.
1/8"1 5/32"6 ft. 17/32" 3/8" 27/32" 3/64" 1793A61
• 8.10 3/16"1 1/16"6 ft. 31/64" 3/8" 27/32" 3/64" 1793A62
• 7.67 • From a flat position, the range of motion is 90° .For Panel Open Leaf Thick. Wd. Lg. (A) (B) (C) Thick. Each Polypropylene w/Polypropylene Middle— Not Rated for Temp. (Cont.)
1/4"1 5/32"6 ft. 17/32" 3/8" 27/32" 3/64" 1793A63
•$8.13 Clear Acrylic w/White Polyester Middle— Temp. Range: -40° to +150° F
1/4"1 5/16"6 ft. 1/2" 1/2"1 5/16" 1/16" 11565A11
12.14 Clear PETG w/Clear Polyester Middle— Temp. Range: 45° to 100° F
1/4"1 7/64"6 ft. 7/16" 7/16"1 7/64" 3/64" 11565A12