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How does a ball bearing door hinge work?

The casing is very thin and its purpose it to keep the bearing's balls in place, protect them from dust and grime and to hold in some lubricant. It doesn't share any load. The hinges are very durable ...
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What sort of driver works the center screw in this hinge?

Sorry, but that is nothing more than a stripped out Phillips screw. I'd say drilling it out is your easiest bet.
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Technique for driving hinge screws to minimize misalignment

As you are a perfectionist for installing hinge screws perfectly it turns out that there is a product made just for this purpose. It is a self centering pilot drill that aims the pilot drill bit right ...
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Is this hinged collapsible clothesline design stable enough?

Suggested construction: This spreads the torsional load over the entire banister railing instead of stressing only the cap or top rail. If there's any bending at the hinge, or other distortion, it ...
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Technique for driving hinge screws to minimize misalignment

In addition to the other answer, there are self-centring punches (often explicitly intended for locating hinge screws). You could also use an appropriately sized transfer punch. [image source]
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How does a ball bearing door hinge work?

The casing is just to stop the balls falling out. It doesn't take any of the vertical load. Inside the case there is a series of ball bearings arranged around the hinge pin. The ball bearings take ...
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Is it true that one hinge bears most of the load on a typical 3-hinge door?

The best method of reducing the chance of putting more stress on one hinge vs another is to use prehung doors. Your question is the number one reason why most doors that are installed are prehung. ...
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Is it true that one hinge bears most of the load on a typical 3-hinge door?

If you're referring to vertical loading, you'll never get that perfect. However, with a bit of time they'll equalize due to wear on the hinge leaves. Now if you're talking about lateral loads, you ...
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How do I plumb a door that has spring-hinges?

Your assumption about #2 is incorrect. Steel flexes and bends more easily than wood in many cases, and it's a matter of moving rather than bending anyway. That's mostly like the best fix here. #3 ...
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What sort of driver works the center screw in this hinge?

I agree it is a stripped Phillips screw head, and that the head should be drilled off, the hinge removed, and then the remaining screw shaft unscrewed with a pair of pliers. "Sometimes", you can get ...
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Having difficulty fixing my sagging door by bending its hinge

In all my years of hanging doors, prehung and many from scratch, where the hinges were cut in as well as all the other hardware, I have never needed to bend a single hinge. If the sagging is from ...
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From factory the J-Bolt Gate hinge is too large, the gate will sag -how do I fix it?

If you just hung the gate on one set of these it would be a problem. Also if you just used one bolt to hold the strap to the gate it would be a problem. With that said if you build your gate as a ...
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What is purpose of end hinge on garage door?

They connect the sections together so the entire door moves when opening or closing it. 3 on each side means each except the bottom one is connected to the one below.
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How to Reduce Hinge Mortise Depth

Shims. Go to the local home center and get some of the (free?) laminate counter top samples in the kitchen cabinet section, they are about 3x5 inches. I then cut them to the same size as the hinge ...
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What are these clips from my wardrobe panel called?

It's called the top guide. I believe I found the one that goes to your door: https://daiek.com/sliding-mirror-doors/
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How do I hang a new wooden gate so that it automatically stays closed when it is shut but also stays open at its maximum open span?

If the hinges are on the same vertical line, then (as noted by @DA01) the hinge should stay wherever you leave it (absent wind, etc). If the hinges aren't vertically aligned, then the gate will want ...
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How to remove this hinge to remove box cover

According to the installation instructions (found here), there is a cover in the center that is removed, then two pins pull out, allowing the box cover to be removed. Once removed, there are 4 bolts ...
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How to make a toilet seat hinge more stiff?

If you're open to buying a new toilet seat you can find seats with stiff hinges such as this: EZ Close seat Random example, never used above product... With little kids in the house, I've picked up ...
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What kind of latch mechanism should I use for this movable ceiling under my deck?

I would look at seeing if you could use large size slider bolts. I used this type of device to provide the safety latch for a large hinged stairway I had built in my garage some 13 years ago. The ...
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From factory the J-Bolt Gate hinge is too large, the gate will sag -how do I fix it?

You should have 2 or even 3 of these hinges to install on the gate which can be adjusted to correct the slope of a loose fitting pin. However if the pin is way too small I would check to see if the ...
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What causes this glass shower door hinge separation

It looks to me that the hinge is secured to the wall bracket with screws that enter from the wall side of the bracket. If this is the case it would be necessary to remove the screws that hold the wall ...
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Need a hinge that pushes outwards as the door opens

I think this is as close as you are going to get, because of the width of your face-frame:
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How do I plumb a door that has spring-hinges?

If your drawing is accurate, I'd start out by chiseling, or routing out a small amount of wood in the recessed area where the top two hinges mount into the wooden door and see if that gives you enough ...
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Deepen a hinge mortise without template

Have you considered a hammer and chisel? It's very likely that you could easily chisel out the extra 1/8 - 1/4" of wood in much less time than it would take to set up a template, much less ...
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What sort of driver works the center screw in this hinge?

sears, has a driver set I have used several times it was 12$ for 3 sizes here is a link hope that is allowed: http://www.craftsman.com/craftsman-3-pc-screw-out-174-damaged-screw/p-00952154000P?sid=...
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Can anyone tell me what kind of hinge this is?

I know it as a butler's tray hinge, or drop-leaf hinge.
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What is this plastic insert called? (Secures a wood screw to a cabinet door.)

They are called plastic dowels There are different sizes for different brands of hinges. Also note that they take special screws. Search hinge plastic dowels and add the brand of hinge, if you know ...
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Technique for driving hinge screws to minimize misalignment

It's overly perfectionist for the hinge screws, but for the strike and strike plate screws, there is no level of perfection that you should not attempt to achieve. Usually doors only have one set of ...
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Door jamb wider than framed entry

I could give you some easy tips on adjusting the door and jamb but I would only do that if there wasn't the option to - make the frame bigger (rough opening). You can plane off 1/4" on one of the ...
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Is this hinged collapsible clothesline design stable enough?

Just one detail: the horizontal force does not need to be tremendous and you can in fact adjust/limit it. The force the clothesline transmits to the post is in direction of the angle the clothesline ...

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