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Forum topic by sgmdwk posted 12-04-2013 03:00 PM 1307 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2013 03:00 PM

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I am building a toy box/blanket chest for my grand daughter. I ordered a set of torsion hinges from Rockler. The calculator indicated I needed a pair of 30 ft/pound hinges, so that is what I ordered. I received a pair of 60 ft/pound hinges. It is getting late to return and get he correct hinges in time for Christmas. I have no experience with these things. Do you think the double load hinges will be usable? I’m sure someone on LJ has experience with these things.

-- Dave K.

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 04:10 PM

I have no experience with hinges but just built a crib for my grandson and used 250# capacity adjustable feet on all four posts.

When it come to grandkids you can’t overbuild.

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 09:19 PM

Sort of a disappointing response, but I have answered my own question. I mounted one of the hinges on a couple pieces of scrap to test how much force is required. Glad I did. There is no way these will work – far too much resistance. One would be fine; two is too much.

-- Dave K.

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#3 posted 12-05-2013 01:17 AM

I would just use one of them on one end of the lid and a non loaded one on the other end.

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#4 posted 12-05-2013 03:44 AM

Going to drive up to the Rockler store in Tukwilla (about an hour north on my home in Tumwater) and exchange them for a lighter pair. Using one would have been a good idea if I had a non-loaded matching hinge, but I don’t. Besides, these things are expensive, I want two I can use.

-- Dave K.

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#5 posted 12-05-2013 03:54 AM

Unless you have tested them against the actual weight of the lid, I might not be so quick to return them. They seem extra stiff in testing or just trying to do them by hand. It has been my experience with them that the more resistant, the better. Lids put a lot of downward force on them when in a partially open position. I think it is more desirable to have them too stiff, vs too easy. When kids will be using it, slamming is a concern.

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