Hey guys its Mike from The Geek Pub, and on this episode I’m going to show you how to repair these saggy cabinet hinges. Now you could go down to your local big box store and buy new pair for about 5 bucks, but on this particular project I think we can repair the ones we already have. But, if you need to replace yours follow along and we’ll show you how to do that too.
To repair our saggy european style cabinet hinges, the first thing we need to do is remove he door from the cabinet. Just remove all four screws. Be sure to support the door while doing this.vNow with the door removed, lay it on a table and remove the rest of the screws, two on each hinge, and then remove the hinge from the pocket.
Take each hinge and disassemble it by removing any screws or other hardware and then it should slide right apart. If yours has a quick release mechanism, remove that as well. Using an air compressor, or canned air, gently blow the dust and cobwebs out of all of the pieces. Using a wire wheel remove any debris from the hinge parts, if you don’t have one a toothbrush will work.
When you’re done everything should look brand new and be squeaky clean. Now using a lubricant, spray all of the joints, and then start the reassembly process by attaching the hinges back to the door.
You might be wondering what all of these screws do? Well they allow you to adjust the door to make it fit square and level. For example, this set screw pulls the cabinet door closer to the frame, or pushes it away. You’ll want to adjust these to get the perfect fit.
My hinges also have a quick release that makes them a snap to install. So we’ll leave them in two pieces while we install them. Go ahead and re-attach the other half to the cabinet face. I recommend using new screws, and tossing the old ones. Then, take the cabinet door and align it with the cabinet face, and gently press on the quick connects. They should pop right into place.
And that’s it. No more sagging hinges. It works like new, and didn’t cost anything more than a little time. It’s really quite a simple repair job, that many people just don’t know how to do. Well, now you do.
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Excellent video on repair of european hinges. I learned something and before just replaced when the spring was not holding the door in position.