Gravity hinges have their origin in ‘shepherd’s hinges’ that used the force of gravity to close a gate, usually by mounting the hinge at a slight angle. Installed in this way, a person could walk through the gate and know it would close behind them on its own. In the 1800s the same principle was […]
The Material Difference: Cast Steel Over Cast Iron
“When iron contains in its composition over 2% of carbon it becomes known as cast iron, a metal which melts at a comparatively low temperature and is capable of being cast with very sharp lines. It is used a great deal for finishing work, though from its brittle nature and lack of tensile strength it […]
Origin of the of the term "Shutter Dog"
Shutter dogs are also referred to as shutter stays, shutter tiebacks and shutter holdbacks. While this can be somewhat confusing, these terms all refer to the same piece of architectural hardware. They are all designed to make a shutter stay open, as can be seen in this installation of the Flat Rat Tail: So why […]
Shutters on 'This Old House'
If you can’t trust This Old House to guide you though all your DIY project, then who?!? Here is an article written about hanging functional shutters with black hardware. If Bob Vila can do it, so can YOU! This article is full of great information including all the shutter hardware lingo — Strap Hinge, Pintle, Shutter […]
Shutter Hardware and the Types of Shutters
Traditional hardware is commonly used to add charm and authenticity to various types of shutters, including Colonial and Bahama style shutters. In both colonial and Bahama style shutters, traditional hardware is not only functional but also adds to the aesthetic appeal of the shutters. It gives the shutters a classic, timeless look that can enhance […]