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 Post subject: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:17 
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Help me, beex hivemind.

My front door is a pretty standard looking uPVC jobby. It has three hinges. Long ago, the retaining cap and the pivoting dowel fell out of the middle hinge and was lost, so it's only had two hinges since forever. Now I think the top hinge's dowel has bent, probably because of the increased torque on it because of the missing middle hinge. The door is drooping slightly in the frame, and is fiddly to open/close/lock/unlock because of it. You need to lift the handle a little to get the security bolts to clear the frame.

Clearly, this needs fixing.

Replacing the missing and broken pieces of dowel does not appear to be the right answer; they aren't particularly standard, based on a quick Google. Replacing the entire hinge assembly looks more like what I should be doing. But this raises some questions:

1) What do I need to know when shopping for these hinges? What types do they come in, and what's the difference between them?
2) How do the hinges mount to door and frame? Is it just machine screws into pre-drilled holes?
3) Are the mounting holes for the hinges in the door and frame a standard size? Do I need to be careful that the hinges I buy replace the ones I have directly?
4) Anything else I should be aware of?

If the sizes are standard (I know this is the case for the locks on uPVC doors), then this looks like a pretty easy job.

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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:21 
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When I needed some new bits for our patio door I just took them off, went to the industrial estate and found a window fitters, they had a rummage in the back and came out with some parts that were right.


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:24 
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The only problem with this approach is that it leaves me with no front door for some period of time. Which is a little impractical from a security and escaping dog perspective.


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:24 
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Ooh, although actually, I can take the redundant middle hinge off. Winner!


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:32 
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Happy to help :)


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:34 
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Are you going to replace all the hinges? If there's a chance the top and bottom ones are a bit bent you may as well do them all whilst the door is off.


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:38 
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What about replacing the whole door? I have a composite front door and it's blue.. Like the Tardis.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:39 
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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:42 
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Yes, I'll absolutely do all three.


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 15:45 
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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
Yes, I'll absolutely do all three.


So that's 1, replace the hinge. 2, replace all 3 hinges. 3, replace the door with a composite door.

Happy to help :)


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 17:17 
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Ooh. This happened on my new house.

I reported it under snagging and they fixed it.


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 18:13 
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So 4. Buy an entire new house?


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
So 4. Buy an entire new house?


Was going to suggest this but did not on the grounds I did not want to be seen taking the piss.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 18:18 
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Doctor Glyndwr wrote:
So 4. Buy an entire new house?

HTH


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 18:21 
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Alternatively, if its under 10 years old it is legally required to have FENSA repair cover and insurance by the fitter. You may find details in the docs when you bought the house.


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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
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I *chuckle* always knew *snort* you were *guffaw* a little unhinged.

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 Post subject: Re: uPVC door hinges help-me-do
PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 19:08 
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ApplePieOfDestiny wrote:
Alternatively, if its under 10 years old it is legally required to have FENSA repair cover and insurance by the fitter. You may find details in the docs when you bought the house.

Hah. It might just about be that age, but it was fitted by the previous owner and his brother-in-law (who worked for a double glazing firm). So unlikely.


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