Tee Hinges are a traditional method for hanging ledged doors and gates etc that would not normally have sufficient thickness for butt hinges. They are face fixed to the opening face so that the hinge is fully visible on both door and frame.
They are available in many different sizes and care should be taken to ensure that the correct length of hinge is selected with regard to door size and door weight. Fitting incorrect hinges may impede operation of the door, cause damage to the door and frame and, worse still, may result in injury to persons using the door. Correctly specified hinges will enhance door operation and, if fitted correctly and properly maintained, will provide many years of consistent trouble free service.
Whilst the majority of situations are straight forward and present few problems, it is important to recognise where special care is required to ensure long and trouble free operation. Because of the wide variety of circumstances that exist it is impossible to be prescriptive. However, the following guide is applicable to most common situations.
Tee Hinges are normally used to hang simple ledged or ledged and braced doors and are traditionally fitted to the flat boarded side of the door. They can also be fitted with the horizontal strap positioned along the ledges. Which ever side is chosen, this will be the opening face of the door and should be flush with the frame.
Traditionally, Tee Hinges are fitted with the vertical section being fixed directly to the door lining. Any architrave mouldings will need to be cut to allow the vertical section to lay flat and flush with the door.
Size of Hinges:
Tee Hinges should be selected with regard to door weight, door size and frequency of use and the following rule of thumb can be used as a guide to your selection:
For Light Domestic Doors or Gates (e.g. Pine), select a hinge approx one third of the door width for moderate use or approx half the door width for heavy use applications.
Medium Weight Doors or Gates (e.g. Oak) with a moderate frequency of use require hinges approx half the door width. This should be increased to two thirds the door width for heavy use applications.
Heavier Doors or those subject to higher levels of use and abuse should be fitted with a hinge approx two thirds the door width.
Note that all of our Tee Hinges are manufactured using heavier gauge materials so hinge sizes can be adjusted accordingly. Maximum door width recommendations are detailed in the individual Tee Hinge product details on our web site within the Hinges department.
For extra wide or heavy doors (garage or barn doors etc) we recommend the use of Hook & Band Hinges or Reversible Strap Hinges rather than Tee Hinges.
Normally, two hinges (one pair) will be fitted and this is perfectly adequate for most applications. However, doors or gates measuring over 2.1m (7ft) high should be fitted with three hinges to spread the load and to help prevent warping of the door.
Where doors are capable of accepting conventional Butt Hinges we would always recommend that Butt Hinges of a suitable size and weight carrying capacity are fitted in preference to Tee Hinges. If Butt Hinges are used doors can be decorated with False Hinge Fronts to give the appearance of Tee Hinges if desired.
Tee Hinges are NOT suitable for or recommended for use on fire rated doors or doors forming escape routes in public buildings. Doors such as these should always be fitted with suitable butt hinges.
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