Replacement cabinet hinges help

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Old 04-11-16, 09:54 AM
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Replacement cabinet hinges help

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I am looking for some advice with my kitchen cabinets. I removed all of the cabinet doors and re-painted them. THey look great, so I decided to get some new hinges to match the new paint color. I thought I had gotten identical hinges except for color, but apparently I did not. These are the hinges I got :

https://www.menards.com/main/kitchen...4425016154.htm

They are the same type, are inset, etc. However, I fear they might be a tad longer (about a CM) than my current hinges. All the holes lined up on the cabinet sides as well as on the door itself. The doors don't close quite flush though. They have a bit of an overlap and thus are hard to close.

I am looking for advice on how to fix this? My current plan is to use a board and hammer the edge of the doors so that the hinges bend back just a tad in order for the doors to close flush. Not sure if this will work or is recommended. Other ideas included putting in something between the doors so that when I close them, the hinges bend back a bit. Or taking out the pins and manually bending the hinges back a bit. I am a novice but the doors not closing easily is very annoying and my wife is not happy. Any suggestions?

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Old 04-11-16, 10:01 AM
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Those hinges have a bit of spring to them... so when you go to put the 2 face screws in, you have to push the door back flat with one hand, and then slide the door and hinge all the way to the hinge side before putting your two face screws in. If you don't do this, your doors will hit on the leading edge as they close.
 
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The problem I am running into, is the two face screws fit into the existing holes for the hinges from the previous ones. Even with pushing it back flush, when I put in the screws they fall into the holes that already exist and cause problems. Since the difference between the hinges is so minor, the hinges end up moving just a tad over and I am left with an overlap still. Thats why I was hoping to be able to do some sort of bending work to fit them a bit better.

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Old 04-11-16, 10:11 AM
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Your mistake is probably using the old holes. If the inset hinge isn't completely tight to the cabinet door when you put the 3 short screws in, or isn't tight to the face frame when you put the 2 longer face screws in, you will have the exact problem you describe. I doubt bending will work.

Mortising the cabinet door to create more inset is another possibility, but would require painting or staining.
 
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THat is probably true. I could try filling them in with something, and making new holes. I can likely make that work for most of the cabinets, though some the hinges are already on the verge of overlapping even using the old holes. Is this just putting in some sort of special filler and painting over it, or do i just spackle over the existing holes?

The overlap on the cabinet doors is very minor, that is why I was hoping that I could get away with merely bending the hinges back. Attaching a picture of my project for more context. you can see ther overlapping hinges in the middle left. A few similar situations exist on the lower cabinets as well.

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Is it possible to get away with doing this flush push on one side only? As I said, I worry about the locations where I have two doors side by side and the hinges are hard if not impossible to push flush before mounting the screws in.

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Old 04-11-16, 04:15 PM
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Since they are painted, that makes things a little easier. If you aren't keen on filling all the holes, you could use a router to back cut the insets as needed on the cabinet doors (using a 1/4", 3/8" or 1/2" straight bit in your router, quik-clamp a board to the door as a guide). Then if you have doors that hit one another, use a power planer to trim the edges where the doors meet as needed.

Then prime, sand, repaint the cut edges.
 
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I did some work on this last night. I managed to just move one of each of the doors out a little bit along the cabinet face and now they all open and close properly! THank you so much for your help. I'll have to remember this proper way to do it in the future.

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