ANSI/BHMA Standard A156.26-2006
American National Standard for Continuous Hinges
NO. 123008-CAL-03

Standard ANSI/BHMA A156.26-2006 establishes requirements for architectural continuous hinges used in building construction. Cycle, finish, abuse, overload, vertical wear, and strength tests are included.

Illustrations are provided for: Barrel Type Hinge - Edge Mount; Gear Type Hinge - Edge Mount; Barrel Type Hinge - Half Surface; Gear Type Hinge - Half Surface; Barrel Type Hinge - Half Edge Mount; Gear Type Hinge - Half Edge Mount; Barrel Type Hinge - Half Surface 3/4 inch offset; Raised Barrel Type Hinge; Barrel Type Hinge - Full Surface; Gear Type Hinge - Full Surface; Barrel Type Hinge - Swing Clear; Gear Type Hinge - Swing Clear; Gage Block Method for measuring vertical wear; Standard Method for measuring lateral wear; and a Cycle test Fixture.

Sample test values conducted under laboratory conditions as follows:

Test Door Weight Cycle
Requirements (150 lbs)
2,500,000 1,500,000 350,000
Abuse Test Requirements Grade 1 requirement
+2 blows of 150 lbf ft
Grade 3 requirement
+2 blows of 120 lbf ft
2 blows of 60 lbf ft
+2 blows of 90 lbf ft
Vertical Wear Requirement .020 inches (0.05mm) N/A N/A

Note that the full standard includes all tests.

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