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June 29, 2006

Expandable Door Hinges


Where where these when I destroyed one of my doors last year trying to move a piece of furniture into another room?

Not on my door, that's for sure.

See, that's the problem: you just never know when you're going to find yourself in a tight spot needing two more inches.

As if.

Where was I?

Ah, yes, I was just stopping laughing.

I'm so easily amused.

You really wouldn't believe it.

Or maybe you would, considering.


From the website:

    Expandable Door Hinges make your doorway 2" wider when needed!

    Now you’ll be able to move big items more easily between rooms, or get a guest's wheelchair through an interior doorway (especially bathroom doorways).

    Expandable door hinge adds 2" to the doorway width by completely moving the door away from the jamb as it opens.

    It's an easier, far-less-expensive alternative to a reconstruction project!

    Installs with the same screws and holes you used with your previous hinges.

    Shiny brass finish.


And don't worry if you can't quite make head nor tail of the photo up top showing how these hinges work: I couldn't figure it out either.

You're not making the most powerful statement possible about your intellect by joining me here, I might add.

A set of two hinges, which will let you convert one door (assuming it has two hinges — if it has three, like mine, then you'll need two sets, won't you?) is $16.99.

June 29, 2006 at 03:01 PM | Permalink


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The door hinge idea is great, but if yours are locked into place like mine from the age, its really not that difficult to grab your drill and pop the door off that way.

2 Minutes tops. I've had to do it for the same reason -- I needed 2 extra inches that I couldn't get a couch through...

Posted by: clifyt | Jun 29, 2006 5:42:16 PM

I know squat about hinges.

That first part of the post reminded me of a line in an old (70's?) Richard Pryor routine. I don't remember which album (so quaint, "album") it was, but Pryor fans would know it. One of the biggest laughs (screams, actually) he ever got (on record). Which is saying something.

Posted by: Flutist | Jun 29, 2006 4:54:11 PM

Hmm. Apart from leaving a brass knuckle sticking out when the door's folded fully back, it's not bad as ideas go.

Easier might be a set of rising butt hinges. Don't know if you have them in the states; they're out of fashion here, but they are cammed so as you open the door it rises slightly - which means it also self closes. You can lift the door right off.

The other answer of course is loose-pin hinges.
Pull the pins out and the door falls on you.
About a dollar fifty a pair, to you.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Jun 29, 2006 4:21:46 PM

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