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Old 01-22-2014, 02:19 PM   #1
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Hinging a Heavy 8' x 4' Painting


First I apologize if this should be posted in another forum.

I need advice on hinging a heavy (~100 lbs) painting. I currently have the piece hanging over two electrical panels using a heavy duty slotted hanger. When ever I have to turn off or on a breaker I have to take the picture down. It is a two person job because of the weigh and size.

I would like to hinge the painting so that I can simply lift it to a horizontal position and hold it up with a support pole made for that purpose. Any advice on hinges to use? I can find continuous hinges up to 6 foot in length but they are usually only 1.5" to 2" wide. Would they be strong enough to use or should I use multiple door hinges? Either one will be challenging to line up.

Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated.
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I would find a better place for the painting. Think function over form. It's far more important to have quick easy access to your electrical service. Even if it is unsightly.

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I'm not surprised you would say that, but form over function prevails with the wife so I need to find a way.
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I'm not surprised you would say that, but form over function prevails with the wife so I need to find a way.
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Check out McMaster Carr they have hinges upto 8 foot and all different sizes. ya got to poke at there site. here is a link

http://www.mcmaster.com/#continuous-hinges/=qd67gb
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How about a discussion on safety then? It's dangerous and unwise. Lifting up a heavy 4'x8' and working under it isn't a good idea, there's no need to take the chance. Your house may catch fire someday and the firemen would like to shut off the panel because electricity and water don't mix. Will they be able to find the panel then figure out how to operate your setup?
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Perhaps instead of hinging up, it could be hinged sideways. That would be much safer for the electrical panel access, and well as the person attempting access. I would not at all be comfortable trying to switch a breaker underneath a looming 100+ lb item precariously propped over my head. Barn doors are popular in décor these days. You could simply slide it along the rail with the exposed rollers. I've seen TV covers that were done that way.
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Thanks Live_Oak, I like both ideas but neither will work due to hall size and overhead lighting.

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