American company Salice has a well organised collection of instructions for their hinges, in PDF format. As the instructions vary for each hinge, depending on its type, door thickness and profile and the precise nature of your installation, it is necessary to refer to the instructions to ensure correct procedure.
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Salice manufactures a wide range of hinges. These are organised into series, each of which has one or more members. As of April 2013, the series are Silentia, Series 100, Series 200, Series F, Series 300, Series 800, Series 900, For metal profile, Series Mini, Series B, Series M and Series S Face-Frame. There are also useful instructions on adjustments, which are the fine modification you may have to make to ensure your cabinet doors are sitting correctly against the carcase.
Each hinge in the Salice range has its own technical information sheet. These indicate the suitability of the hinge, for example: “For wooden doors with positive angled assembly.” They give the depth of the hinge cup in mm, for example “11.5 mm.” They indicate the maximum opening width of the hinge, for example “94° opening.” This indicates the widest angle the hinge can open to; 94 degrees, in this case.
Each series also has its own booklet. These show the different variations of each hinge type. They indicate the distance between the centre lines of the mounting plate holes, which is the same for every hinge in a series. They also show the size and type of screw you should use. They have useful plan drawings of the hinges sitting in place, indicating the tolerances you need to note.
General fixing advice
Refer to your hinge’s technical information sheet, Note the specific drilling and fixing tables and formulae. Work out where the holes for the mounting plate need to be drilled. Mark the positions on the inside face of the carcase. Drill the holes to the required depth. Hold the first mounting plate in place and fit the screws. Do the same with the second mounting plate. Drill the holes in the door and fix the hinges in place. Have an assistant lift the door into position while you screw the hinge onto the mounting plate. Adjust as necessary using the sideways, depth and height adjustment screws.
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