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Old 06-21-2011, 01:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am posting this because I see so many people using the wrong size tubing when making pin type hinges. You can make them for a lot less than it would cost to buy them. For a perfect fit here is what you need to use. We used slang and called the tube either loose nipples or tight nipples. We used 2" pieces of tube and a 4" piece of rod. On vertical installs you can make one pin 1/2" longer.

We used 1/2" or 3/4" round stock. Use seamless round mechanical tubing. Use 3/4" tube for 1/2" pins and 1" for 3/4" pins. Use .95 wall thickness for the loose nipples and .120 for the tights. For the 1/2" hinges the ID would be .51 and .56. On 3/4" the ID would be .76 and .81. On the pins use a tight nipple and tap the rod into the nipple leaving about an 1/8" recess on the end to make a weld filling it out to make a nice profile. The slightly larger ID on the 2" loose nipple is for the other half of the hinge.

I hope this makes sense. I didn't want to have to draw a picture.
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On vertical installs you can make one pin 1/2" longer.
Now if only the mainline manufacturers could figure this out Maybe you need to draw them a picture Greenie

Nothing like fighting with a large door trying to line up two hinge pins exactly the same length
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Greenie thank you for this post. This is great info.
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From my experience with my dad making most of his own farm gates, if you're going to make one pin longer, make it the bottom one - I always found it easier to lift a little rather than set it down a little, to get the second pin lined up.

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Old 07-06-2011, 09:39 AM   #5 (permalink)
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might sound crazy but i use chrome moly tubing for some odd jobs around the farm like this. it wears so many times better than mild steel. but the nice thing is i order in .058" wall thickness stuff, that way for hinges or bushings 1/8" increments slide nice and snug inside each other. 7/8 goes into 1" with a emery cloth clean up.
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you can also shorten the pin length on vertical mount hindges and use a single ball bearing and a spot of grease.
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I worked for a trailer building place, but I can't remember which one was the longer pin. The round mechanical tubing we used fit perfectly. I've never seen much of a problem with wear, but rust. On my personal stuff I drill a tiny hole for oil. The store bought ones have zerks and are plated.

I saw something on the net I never knew existed. It's called an uphill hinge. It is a pin type hinge on a bracket. It allows a gate to swing in towards a hill. They price them like they are gold, but it shouldn't too hard to come up with one by looking at the picture.

I forgot to mention that an old welder I knew made gate hinges out of big roller chain like from drilling rigs.
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weve made auto recentering hinges by cutting pipes at angles, could work as an uphill hinge if you had a way to either over center the gate or hold it in place.
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The uphill hinges this company has are on a bracket and are welded on at an angle matching the slope. It wouldn't be hard to come up with your own. Cheaper than $150 a pair.
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