Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
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.
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.
Theres no need to waste money on new hinges when you can maintain and reuse your current ones! Nobody likes squeaky doors. Door hinges should always be maintained at least a couple of times per year if you want them to function properly. Hinges have also changed quite a lot over the years and they now come in a very wide array of finishes and materials not just steel brass and iron. Screws are usually the ones that fail first but if you own quality door hinges they will most likely never require any maintenance since theyre designed to never rust or tarnish. Depending on the situation the screws can be stressed a lot and will surely require to be replaced sooner or later. If you notice that the door hinges show signs of aging you should start the maintaining process by changing the screws.