Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
Alternatively if you can identify the brand name and model number of your hinge you can contact the manufacture directly to determine if theres a clip-on attachment is designed to work with your hinge style. If so they will be able to direct you to the nearest distributor in your area. If you determine that the upgrade is not available there is an alternative discussed in the later part of this article. Presently the additional clip-on parts cost from three to six dollars per piece. Most average sized kitchens have about twenty five cupboard doors. Calculating one slow-close clip per door puts us in the neighborhood of one hundred and twenty dollars ($120) to upgrade a standard sized kitchen to have this feature throughout.
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.
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.