This is a very basic beginner question. I need to replace half a dozen
Blum hinges on the kitchen cabinet doors. These are recessed Blum
hinges. They are held in their pockets by two small screws. I am
afraid that when I replace the hinges they won't be held securely since
the screws will go into the existing holes. What can be done to make
sure the new screws hold the hinges securely even though they are
screwed into the old holes?
Using yellow glue, insert the tips of either wooden matches
or tooth picks in the holes. You have to play with which
works the best. Trim with a utility knife to be flush.
After the glue dries(few hours), the screws
will have new material to bite into.
You can do the same thing with wood putty but it
gets a LOT more messy.
On 29 Aug 2006 07:43:14 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Assuming you really do need to fix the screw holes, one technique
(after removing those hinges) would be to apply some yellow glue to
wooden toothpicks and shove them into the existing screw holes. Wait
for the glue to dry then trim the part of the toothpicks that's
protruding flush. Then place your hinge into the pockets and replace
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If you are careful it should not be a problem. It is important
to be careful that you have the exact replacement hinge for your
cabinets. If a hole in the wood is stripped there are several
methods of recovery (I will leave that to the experts here).
When we replaced some broken cabinet hinges I remember that it
was a bear to find the correct exact drop in replacement, so much
of a bear that I bought several extra that I will probably never
need. (but IF I do, I got 'em!)
Actually, I found via Blum website that their hinges have lifetime
warranty and they will replace them free of charge if they malfunction.
All you need to do is go to their website, print out the form, remove
the broken hinges and mail them along with the form to the Blum. They
will send you back the replacement in 2 business days. Now, that's
what I call a warranty! We'll see if that will work smoothly.
Believe it or not but they did fail. The hinges that I have are
designed to close the kitchen cabinet doors and keep them closed. That
mechanism failed in some of them and the doors do not stay closed but
rather a little ajar. They would also not get closed if you release
them. Otherwise they hold the doors pretty strong.
The reason they failed is because some little plastic part cracked and
fell out. I think that part is located on the pin and forces the door
closed via some spring action.
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