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how do you loosen the springs on saloon door hinges

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i bought some barrell hinges where on ebay where the spring is so tight I can't imagine how they're installed.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Brian replied 9 years ago.

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It all depends on the type of hinge that you have. Usually a double acting hinge is used and it has a valve on the bottom to adjust speed of door. You say you have barrel hinges; some are not adjustable. Here is an adjustable barrel hinge. Maybe you could take a picture of it for me. It is really hard to tell, without seeing it or knowing the brand.



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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
Reply to Brian's Post: these look like the ones I have. they are so tight they would be impossible to install     


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Double Acting Barrel Hinges

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Description:     Finishes:

These hinges allow door to open 180 degrees in either direction and spring action returns door to center closed position.

These hinges are also known as "Saloon Door Hinges".

Spring tension is adjustable.

The satin brass finish is the most popular finish. The photo to the left shows the zinc chromate finish.

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Steel base material.

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#814036 through #814040 are imported and are not weight rated.

"Size" is the height of the plate that mounts on the door and jamb.
*Maximum door weight (lbs.) using three spring hinges

633 (US4) satin brass plated.

603 (US2G) zinc chromate plated.

600 (USP) primed for painting.
Expert:  Brian replied 9 years ago.
I have seen these before, but I am not sure how they are adjusted. Did you receive any installation instructions with them? If not, is there a way to contact the EBAY seller and ask them how they are adjusted?; they might know. Lastly, the ones that I have seen usually have an allen wrench slot on the do not see anything like this on the hinge?
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