Door Hinges / September 22, 2018 / Ambra Daoust
The new slow-close attachments only need to be added to one hinge per cabinet door unless you have large pantry doors. In such cases it is advisable to install two units per door. They will not work on just any European hinge though. You must have the correct straight-arm hinge brand and model number in order to be able to add the attachment to them. The hydraulic apparatus is sold as a separate piece from the hinge and clips on after the doors have been completely adjusted. To determine if the clip-on accessory is available for your existing hinge brand remove a hinge from your cupboard door and visit your local cupboard manufacturing supply company.
You need to repeat this process a few times per year to ensure that everything is working properly. Start by checking for loose screws and change them where necessary. You can do this easily with a screwdriver. Sometimes we may also notice that the screws spin in place. This means that the screw holes are stripped and you will need to remove the screws. Simply dip a few matches inside the screw hole and the problem should now be gone. When dealing with creaks and squeaks you need to apply a couple of WD-40 squirts. Be sure to spray every joint so that it soaks in the middle.
This is just figuring the cost of the materials though. To have them installed by a cabinetry professional may cost an additional seventy five to one hundred and fifty dollars. If you cannot locate a soft close part to work with your existing hinges or you are not interested in switching out your hinges to be able to benefit from the new clip-on piece you can purchase a buffer shock absorber that attaches to the cabinet separate from the hinge. Some of these mechanisms get pressed into a hole that is drilled into the cupboard top or bottom. Other styles can be installed using screws. The purchase cost of these parts ranges from three to six dollars each. There will be only one slow-close part that needs to be installed per kitchen or bathroom cabinet door.