Mounting Instructions for a Glass Door Pivot Hinge

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Mounting Instructions for a Glass Door Pivot Hinge
Glass doors on an entertainment centre are easy to install on simple pivot hinges. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Whether installed on a small glass door for a home entertainment centre, or holding a full-size tempered glass door on the front of an executive office, glass pivot hinges have a few things in common. Pivot hinges are not usually drilled through the glass because this would create a stress point on the glass that would be likely to break. The two pivot hinges must be installed directly above one another to allow for minor adjustments, to ensure the door hangs straight.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Cordless drill and assorted drill bits
  • Measuring tape, pencil
  • Glass door
  • Glass door pivot hinged w/ manufacturers instructions
  • Carpenters pocket square
  • Pocket torpedo level
  • Cedar shake shims

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  1. 1

    Read the manufacturer's instructions completely and familiarise yourself with the hinge and parts. Installations are much simpler to complete when you are familiar with each of the pieces, and take note of any special manufacturer's notes.

  2. 2

    Measure the width of the door jamb, for a traditional door frame, and mark the floor at the centre point of the frame. The pivot hinge should be installed in the centre point of the door for doorways. Consult the manufacturer's instructions for details on how far into the doorway the hinge should be placed from the jamb.

  3. 3

    For a cabinet, measure back from the front edge of the cabinet 1 to 1 1/2 inches, and draw a line at this point. Measure the same distance out from the side of the cabinet opening, and mark an "X" where the two measurements meet.

  4. 4

    Repeat the procedure for the upper hinge plate on the top of the cabinet door opening, or top door jamb.

  5. 5

    Install the upper and lower hinge on your marks. For a simple cabinet door hinge, the hardware slips into a single hole drilled in the upper and lower surfaces. Full-size door hinges may need to be mortised into the wood floor and upper door jamb.

  6. 6

    Slide the glass door into the U-shaped channels on both the upper and lower hinges. Support the door with the cedar shims so it will stay in place while you fasten the lower hinge.

  7. 7

    Slide the metal plate between the back side of the glass door and the set screws on the lower hinge. The hinge will feature two or more set screws, which as they are tightened, will press against the glass and hold the door in place. To prevent the screws from snapping the glass, a metal plate slides between the set screws and the glass door, inside the U-shaped hinge. Insert this metal plate, and tighten down the screws.

  8. 8

    Level the door, as necessary, using cedar shake shims under the outside, lower corner and the level, and then repeat the hinge-fastening process on the upper hinge. When complete, check the door to make sure it is level and plumb, then remove the shims.

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