TIP FOR HANGING CABINET DOORS

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Here is a useful tip when you don't have a helper and you hang a door by yourself. Any door. Cabinet doors, interior door, exterior doors, large shed doors. Any door.

Step 1: WHEN YOU WORK ALONE

When you try to take off and install hinges the door will want to swing. Like in the picture. If you're alone this can be frustrating trying to align the door with the screw holes -- especially on large doors.

Step 2: THE TIP

TIP: Use a spacer. Something to hold the door in place and prevent it from swinging. On larger doors, a block of wood the exact size of the space below the door will be perfect. You can remove and install hinges with perfection. One hand holding the door, one hand screwing the screws. Take off bottom hinge first, then top, remove the door. Replace the new hinges on the door and rest the door on your spacer. The holes will line up perfectly. Attach the top hinge first, then the bottom. It'll be "frustrationless."

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    6 Discussions

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    filmaker2000

    Although the tip about a shim under a regular door is good, the picture of the clamps holding a spacer under a cabinet door is useless. How are you supposed to get to the scews on the inside of that door?

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    Reply 1 year ago

    Let me help you visualize this a bit better. Wifey asked me to change the black hinges on the cabinet doors to chrome. I used the spacer to remove each door and then to rest on to rehang it. Once the door was removed, I laid the door down on the table, flipped it to the back, removed the black hinge and installed the chrome one. The trick is to install the hinge on the door when the door is off. This works on all doors. Let me know if this helps you see what I was trying to explain.

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    Montana4Marie
    Montana4Marie

    Reply 7 months ago

    Well, it sure helped me at least ;). 'Course I didn't see the potential of an issue initially, lol. Oh YEAaaah... put the hinges on the door, silly.. ;). As simple as this seems, I can betchya I would be wrestling with my cage door attempts shortly. One question, when hanging back up: why is it better to do top hinge first (instead of how you took down, with bottom first)? I apologize for two things: my lack of skill/knowledge AND for folks that aren't so 'constructive' in their 'criticism (and is why I will likely never post a darn thing lol).'

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    Reply 7 months ago

    Marie, there is no need to ever apologize asking me a question. I love answering them. Top hinge. OK, this is not so important with a small cabinet door, but I always do top hinge first for the simple challenge of weight and balance. Once the top hinge of a door is secure it'll stay hung even if supports fall away or get dislodged. This is not the case if you do the bottom hinge. I've hung a lot of interior and exterior doors in my many years in construction and it became a force of habit, I guess.

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    Montana4Marie
    Montana4Marie

    7 months ago

    ps. Crazy how much class was added just by changing the hinge.. Mrs. Wifey has a good eye! =)

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    Kink Jarfold
    Kink Jarfold

    Reply 7 months ago

    Wifey? A good eye? Hell, she has a great eye. Look who she married. But seriously folks, she does have a good eye and I let her do all the decorating. Happy wife, happy life.