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Dec 12, 2013, 10:24 AM
Kitchen Cabinets not closing
My wife and I just bought our first home and some of the cabinet doors do not shut properly. Not sure what the fix is here.

Dec 12, 2013, 10:31 AM
Are they wood? Are they out of alignment? Are the doors warped? Any idea how old they are?

Photos would help.
Dec 12, 2013, 12:07 PM
if those cabinets have European hinges (cabinet end fits in a large hole and snaps shut) there are two screws leading out from that fitting on the hinge assembly. I learned from trial and error on a donate-your-labor charity day that the screws are alignment adjustments. iirc the back screw predominantly adjusts how deep the hinge seats (door flush adjustment) and the front one is a skew adjustment (straight or crooked.) the two interact somewhat. smaller doors do not show the same amount of correction as large ones.

laying a strip of painters' tape across the door tops where they SHOULD close, and adjusting one door at a time for correct alignment with that door shut and the other open for access, is a faster way of learning how they work. less frustration that I had.

if those were prefab cabinets, you should be able to get them adjusted right. if they were hinged on site, it's possible the hole is dead wrong, and the hinge may need to be remounted in new screws on the door.

now, if those were NOT Euro hinges... you might have blown return springs hidden in the hinge (the tip is little plastic blocks someplace in the hings, which tension the screws, and have no adjustments other than to make things go SPROING! and lose the springs), or it could be the wrong hinges. I have accidentally picked the wrong hinges out of the bin at Big Cheeser's box store when somebody put the wrong reveal-depth in the wrong bin. compare the hinges with cabinets that do work. you might have to trek out into the cold and find more hinges.

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Dec 12, 2013, 04:32 PM
If Euro type hinges, what is the brand? I've had to replace quite a few of mine, but they do have a lifetime warranty and the manufacturer has been really good about sending me new ones. Now if they would just improve the darn design. The brand of mine is Blum. A small piece of black plastic breaks off inside the hinge and they no longer self close, they usually bind up until the plastic piece comes out of the hinge. Post back and if yours are Blum I'll try to dig out the information for you.

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Dec 13, 2013, 12:02 PM
we can not see your cabinets, there are literally hundreds of different types of clousers on cabnit doors..please upload a picture of the mis-behaving door, so that we might be able to see it and advise as to its punishment....thank you so very much..

there is more than one way to fix something

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Dec 13, 2013, 12:20 PM
And it could be that children or teenagers have spent a lot of effort leaning or putting their weight on the doors so that the hinges have gotten bent a little out of shape, then they need replacement. Careful examination is needed.

They make it look so easy on tv, don't they
Dec 13, 2013, 08:18 PM
some dont use the hinges to keep it open/closed they use a spring on the door at the handle
Jan 17, 2014, 01:13 AM
I think the problem their is those cabinets are not a line maybe you should re construct and so that you can see where is the problem on it.Last time i got also a same problem which lead me to a kitchen renovation which i hired a team at and the fact that they are really doing it well now.
Mar 25, 2014, 10:39 AM
In case your cabinet is made of wood, it may be deformed because of humidity, so it is advisable to dry it properly.