difference between top & side hung hinges

28 Nov 2004
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United Kingdom
I want to change side hung hinges on a upvc window to top hung.
Can I use the old hinges? I know new ones are described as top or side hung. What's the difference, and how important is it?
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The hinge needs to be at least half the depth of the sash. So if you have a side hung sash with 12" openers, you could use them on a sash no more than 24" deep.
Side hung friction stays have a nylon lifter situated on the hinge helping to lift the sash as you close it towards the frame

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