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stash823 02-12-2013 02:28 PM

help with medicine cabinet
My husband and I just moved into our "new" home, and the people who lived here previously installed two large mirrored medicine cabinets over the vanity in the master bath. The issue is that they left the existing recessed medicine cabinet adjacent to the new ones and it is completely non-functional (the door only opens enough for me to squeeze my hand through). We removed the cabinet over the weekend so we could repaint the bathroom, and I was planning on removing the door so it would be more functional (mainly for my hair dryer, flat iron, and hair products). But, I can't figure out how to get the door off the cabinet as the things (not sure what they are) that attach the hinges to the cabinet and door have no place for a philips or flathead screwdriver or allen wrench to remove them. I've tried pliers and trying to remove the pin from the hinges, but nothing is working.

Any ideas on how to remove the door? At this point, I'm thinking it might be better to just build a new cabinet minus the door.

joecaption 02-12-2013 04:46 PM

Without a picture it's imposable to know what you have.

bbo 02-12-2013 04:47 PM

going blind here, but a sawzall or sledge hammer would probably work.

maybe if we saw the hinges we could suggest a more elegant way or removing.

stash823 02-12-2013 05:24 PM

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Sorry about that. Here's what they look like.

joecaption 02-12-2013 05:29 PM

There rivits, just drill them out.
Was really looking for a picture of the whole cabinet not a close up of the hindges.

stash823 02-12-2013 05:33 PM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1116043)
There rivits, just drill them out.
Was really looking for a picture of the whole cabinet not a close up of the hindges.

Thanks! The one thing I didn't use..of course.

bbo 02-13-2013 05:50 AM

looks like those hinges are pop riveted in.
To remove rivets, they need to be drilled out. Then new rivets popped back in their place if you want to put the door back on.

stash823 02-13-2013 01:03 PM

Thanks bbo, I had no idea what those were - I haven't come across them before. I'm leaving the door off since the door only opens wide enough to fit my hand in due to where the other cabinets were installed. I think I'm just going to put the cabinet back in the recess for now (so we don't have to stare at the hole in the wall) and build a new one within the next couple of weeks to replace it. I appreciate all the help; I was getting very frustrated with it yesterday.

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