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How to Replace a Kitchen Cabinet Hinge

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A damaged hinge will cause the door to become loose or to fit poorly. You can easily replace the hinge without replacing the entire door using our easy to follow guide.

Step 1

Unscrew Release Screw

Unscrew Release Screw

Remove the door completely by unscrewing the release screw on the top and bottom hinge with your screwdriver. Also unscrew the hinge receiver from the inside of the cabinet wall.

Step 2

Remove Door

Remove Door

The top and bottom hinges should easily slide out once the two release screws are loosened. Many hinges feature a quick release button, which allows the quick removal of the door for cleaning.

Step 3

Remove Broken Hinge

Remove Broken Hinge

Unscrew and remove the broken hinge from the door.

Step 4

Mark Position for New Hinge

Mark Position for New Hinge

The new hinge must be fitted the same distance from the edge of the door as the old hinge was. Using a ruler and a pencil draw two lines, one on either side of the old hinge placement hole. The new hole will be drilled between these two lines in a suitable position further up the door.

Step 5

Bore New Hinge Hole

Bore New Hinge Hole

Drill a hole for the new hinge using a special hinge boring drill bit. Keep your drill perfectly vertical above the back of the door surface, then drill only until the top of the boring bit is flush with the back surface of the door. This will create a hole just deep enough for the hinge and avoid accidently boring right through the door.

Step 6

Screw New Hinge into Place

Screw New Hinge into Place

Screw the new hinge into place using suitable short screws. Reattach the hinge receiver by sliding the hinge together and tightening the release screw.

Step 7

Reattach Door

Reattach Door

Reattach the top hinge by sliding the hinge together and tightening the release screw. Hold the new hinge in the correct position and screw the hinge receiver plate into place on the inside of the cabinet wall. Adjust the door swing by using the adjustment screws to alter the position of the closed door to ensure a nice fit.