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There is one thing you should know when you are installing a SELECT geared continuous hinge on your new construction or existing door — once you mount the hinge, it won’t need any attention for decades. You will likely retire long before anyone considers replacing it! Because you are installing such a long-lasting product, SELECT makes sure your job goes quickly and easily.

When installing or retrofitting hinges on your EFCO®, Kawneer® or Special-Lite® entrances, the cheapest choice is rarely your biggest cost-saver. To truly save money you need a hinge that will last longer, require less maintenance and reduce your costs from day one. 

Your solution — SELECT concealed geared continuous hinges. 

SL57adJim Handschuh is president/owner of Doorwares Associates, Inc. located in Green Lane, PA. His father John founded the company in 1983 and Jim began learning the business from the ground up in 1988. He is a Certified Institutional Locksmith and is among SELECT Hinges original representatives. As one of our most experienced installers, we asked Jim to share his tips to help make your job faster and easier.

Aaron McElrath has been the Eastern Regional Sales Manager for SELECT Hinges since 2014. He assists 10 different sales agencies covering 28 states.  Learn more>>

While Jim’s and Aaron’s tips are written for retrofitting a door with an SL57 Full Surface Geared Continuous Hinge, many of the tips are applicable for new installations of other SELECT geared continuous hinge models. Read on – your day will go much smoother!

firehinge2The newest edition of the National Fire Protection Association standard, NFPA 80 2019, regulates the installation and maintenance of fire doors used to prevent the spread of fire and smoke within, into, or out of buildings. The regulations continue to mandate annual inspections to meet local building, fire or life safety codes. Passing the inspection is especially important to hospitals and health care facilities that are accredited by The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a critical factor in receiving Medicare reimbursements. Also, many insurance companies require NFPA 80 compliance before they underwrite commercial buildings.


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Others claim their hinges are the best. We prove it. Our geared continuous hinges have resisted more brutal testing than any. Read more.

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