Door Hinges / October 4, 2018 / Laure Lacharite
Cabinet door hinges are one of the biggest afterthoughts in home design but they often get the biggest workout in the home. Nary an hour goes by that someone isnt opening a cabinet somewhere in the home whether its in the kitchen pantry bathroom or hallway. Most simply make do with the hinges that came with the cabinet. Only when they begin to squeak and sway in complaint about their endless exercise do we give thought to changing them. And only then do we only change the offending hinge that has failed to do its duty tightly and quietly. But changing out hinges can yield some exciting results in the home particularly when they are visible hinges.
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.
If you have a three hinge door you can easily undo a single hinge plate at a time. If you have doors with just two hinges youll need to place a wedge under the door to take the weight off the hinge before you loosen it. 2) Once the plate is removed dip a couple cardboard matches into wood or white glue and put them into the hole. Then tighten the hinge screws and they should hold. 3) If the thought of shoving matches into the holes doesnt work for you use a golf tee or a sliver of wood instead. Cover these with glue and reinstall the hinge. Dont put the screw in the repaired hole yet. Allow the glue to dry then cut off any excess wood and then drill a pilot hole into it.