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Old 02-05-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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Hello all!

I have a damaged kitchen cabinet. The bracket from the door was ripped out of the wall. Looking for the best way to go about fixing this. The chuck of particle board missing is about 1/2" deep in the middle.

This is in a rented apartment. Ideally I'd like to fix it myself and not get dinged on my security deposit. Unfortunately I'm not what you would call mechanically inclined or handy. But I can definitely learn.

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What it did look like..

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Old 02-05-2011, 05:49 PM   #2
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I see a screw near the hinge---How thick is that section?--If the particle board is doubled--
---two cabinets side by side--then you should be able to just use longer wood screws.

A little Spackle and paint over the chunk and you are done---Let me know how thick---Mike---

Land lord was foolish using such fragile cabinets in a rental---Oh,well--

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Old 02-05-2011, 06:16 PM   #3
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What I would do is glue the piece that fell out back in, fill the crack with white caulk at the edges to disguise the seam as much as you can. Next, take that hinge off the door and move it up a couple of inches and reinstall. You may be able to buy a white plug/grommet cover for the old hinge hole. This way you can now screw it to a solid part of the cabinet.

Also, you could maybe use this door knob stop. They come in white and could be used to cover the damage instead of gluing the old piece back in. Install using adhesive caulk. but still move the hinge up on the door.

http://www.homedepot.com/buy/doors-w...top-66059.html

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Well,Duh----I didn't notice that the hinge wasn't a cup style--good catch--Mike--
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Old 02-05-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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You'll just need to drill a 35mm(1 3/8") hole in the door.
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Old 02-05-2011, 07:12 PM   #6
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I'd glue the piece back in and then use longer screws.

Moving the hinge up the door and now you got a big hole in the door
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Is there another cabinet right next to it? IF so which way does the door open... If you say the hing is on the same side as the one that broke you can glue and caulk that piece back in. Get a drill bit that is the size of the hole drill it threw the other cabinet (make sure your hit the other hole). Run a number 8 bolt and nut threw it and done.
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Thanks guys.. but the thing is when the piece of cabinet ripped out it basically crumbled like cereal. I was thinking of putting in the longer screws or the #8 bolt as the last post suggests and using nuts before the hinge to keep it straight and flush with the rest of the cabinet. Maybe this is a bit confusing.

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I'd recommend filling the hole with something first and then use the longer screws.

For a deep chunk missing like that methinks it needs to be something that will dry to be pretty solid and not break up easily... like some sort of wood epoxy or bondo...

I'm used to filling small gaps and holes... Hopefully someone who has done more repair work like this will step in here

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Thanks fungku. yeah I guess that method was a little half-assed.
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Minwax 2 part filler. It will dry in an hour and you can drill and screw into it. Just keep it level. Those cabinet walls will not stand too much sanding.
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The above picture is one reason why I only build solid wood or plywood cabinets. Another reason, it is nice to know my work will not soon be future land fill.
The minwax filler sounds like a good route. You may want to practice a bit first unless it is easy to work with. Ask Ron
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I'll give that wood filler a try, thanks.

It's kind of sad how fragile those cabinets are. Although I wouldn't expect anything less. I live in a complex with 600 rental units owned by a large property management company.

Currently house hunting. Which can't happen soon enough.
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Try filling the area with a good filler. Drill pilot holes thru the current hinge into the side of the cabinet. Use T-nuts and long bolts to attach hinge to cabinet. Try not to over-extend the cabinet door before you move out!
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I'll give that wood filler a try, thanks.

It's kind of sad how fragile those cabinets are. Although I wouldn't expect anything less. I live in a complex with 600 rental units owned by a large property management company.

Currently house hunting. Which can't happen soon enough.
Because home ownership is problem free.
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