adjusting cabinet doors that won't close

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Forum topic by ecklesweb posted 07-28-2015 09:42 PM 6116 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-28-2015 09:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cabinet hinge adjust cabinet door partial inset question

Forgive me if this isn’t the right area: I believe the question is about hardware.

I have cabinet doors with new hinges and some doors won’t fully close. I don’t know how to fix it.

These are face frame cabinets with partial inset doors. The doors were recently painted – the old hardware was removed, holes filled with putty, and all painted. Ditto for the face frames.

I bought new hinges (these if you care to know: I attached them to the doors first. I then placed the doors in the opening, and screwed the hinges to the face frame. I can only assume that I either didn’t install the hinges on the door square in all cases or the hinges bent slightly for some reason.

Two of the four doors won’t close properly. How do I fix that?

One method I’ve read about that has promise is using some card stock, inserting it between the door and the frame on the hinge side and closing the door to bend one hinge to match the other. I have obviously not tried this yet.

Appreciate advice.


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#1 posted 07-28-2015 11:33 PM

Yep, that’s how you do it. Spring the hinge until it works. Don’t just close the door on whatever you’re using, but do it slowly in steps. ................ Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 07-29-2015 12:53 AM

Thanks, Jerry. I used a shim and did it in stages as you suggested. Not bad. Of course the door doesn’t sit flush against the frame on the hinge side after the bend, but I think it’s acceptable. My wife will, of course, be the judge in that.

Thanks again.


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#3 posted 07-29-2015 11:05 PM

The hinges you show are for rabbit edge doors… that what you have there ?

Door edges will require a 3/8 X 1/2 rabbit

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