Self Closing Hinges -- gap on hinge side of door.

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Forum topic by MyFathersSon posted 08-01-2010 02:09 AM 2234 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-01-2010 02:09 AM

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I just went to mount some cabinet doors using self-closing hinges.
These were 3/8” x 3/8” semi inset doors.
I have not used self closing hinges in AGES—so I am first to admit there may be something obvious I am overlooking.

No matter how tightly I screw the wing down—I have about a 1/8” gap between the back of the lip and the front of the frame where they overlap. I tried several thinking this might be a defect—but apparently they are designed this way on purpose?????

I’m guessing that is to allow for a cushion on the opposite edge of the door.
The gap would then be even all around———
BUT—it is still a gap between the lip and the door—- and that is one of the main things my customer wants to get AWAY from.

I can think of a few ways to get around this and let the door close more tightly all the way around.
Right now I am leaning toward just mortising the hinges into the door.

Has anyone else encountered this?
Did you see it as a problem too—or am I being too picky?
What did you do to get around it?


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#1 posted 08-01-2010 06:02 AM

Just looked closely at these hinges—
Holding it upside down – The wing IS about 1/8” above the first level of the hinge.
Worse – the wing angles up even further making the outer edge of the wing 1/4” above the body of the hinge.
Is there a reason for this I am overlooking?
I would just assume it was a bad hinge – but I have seven sets that are identical.

Any reason I can’t/shouldnt take a mallet and try to level the wing out?

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#2 posted 08-01-2010 02:00 PM

Just a guess….Could the elevation difference be there to keep the overlay portion from binding against the frame when opening?

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#3 posted 08-01-2010 02:42 PM

The concealed hinges I use have the same issue. That is designed that way to allow clearance for the corner of the door to swing without hitting the face frame. There are hinges that close tightly but they move straight out first, then swing, obviously more expensive.

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