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Old 07-14-2017, 09:54 PM   #1
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rehanging kitchen cabinets


I hired a contractor and they are having difficulty rehanging the kitchen cabinet doors. Some of them won't even close properly. They want to plane them to make them fit but I don't think that will work either.
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What's wrong with them.... except they are on their side..
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Look at the way they close. I could only get the pics to load that way not sure why.
The doors are not hung right. hey overlap when they close and the top and bottom are not lined up right.
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Well... why don't you tell us some things.... like

Did the contractor mix up the doors relative to the cabinets????

Do the hinges have any adjustment... can't see in pic... I doubt they do

Were the cabinets removed... and releveled or "racked"

Why not fill and readjust the hinge placement.....

What explanation is the contractor giving for why they don't fit...

Are you sure a contractor is involved.....
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No they didn't keep track of each door in any way.
The hinges as far as I can tell are not adjustable.
They have refilled and still having same issue.
I don't know what you mean be releveled or racked.
And the contractors have no good explaination to why this is happening which is why I am here.

anything else you need to know to help.
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No they didn't keep track of each door in any way.

Theres your answer right there. The doors should have been put back the exact same way, in the same hinge holes, with the same hinge in the same spot. I not only mark each door, but each hinge as well, as they are either adjustable, or in your case sometimes need to be bent to make the door close flush

And the contractors have no good explaination to why this is happening which is why I am here.
You need to totally redo the measurements for the hinges, fill the holes and hang them from scratch.

What were you doing with your cabinets? Why were the doors taken down?
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We just purchased our house and we did a renovation including painting the kitchen and cabinets.
They have taken them down and wood puttied and rehung them and its still not right. Your looking at the second attempt at hanging them.
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These were handmade doors, meaning they were not made in a cabinet shop, so there will be differences, ever so slightly between door fit. I know of no way to do this, but take each door pair, set them in a hole and see if they fit. IF not, try another combination. Don't let them go drilling holes until they get that perfect fit between doors. It was a mistake not to denote which door went where, and the contractor is stuck with getting it right due to that error.
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Part of prepping cabinets for paint is marking the doors so they go back to the same hole! I like to use a magic marker behind the hinge as it will generally bleed thru the paint. I suspect the fix is finding the right hole for each door - no easy task since they weren't marked.
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We just purchased our house and we did a renovation including painting the kitchen and cabinets.
They have taken them down and wood puttied and rehung them and its still not right. Your looking at the second attempt at hanging them.
I dont get that. It sounds like they just no idea how to hang a cabinet door. Google it.
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These were handmade doors, meaning they were not made in a cabinet shop, so there will be differences, ever so slightly between door fit. I know of no way to do this, but take each door pair, set them in a hole and see if they fit. IF not, try another combination. Don't let them go drilling holes until they get that perfect fit between doors. It was a mistake not to denote which door went where, and the contractor is stuck with getting it right due to that error.


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Or, depending on how "drilled and screwed" your cabinets are now, you may want to try and find new hinge hardware that1) may have adjustment to them, 2)and will cover "drill and screw holes,3) and may not be bent.... basically start anew.

But, your contractor may not (likely not) be the one to do it.... While he is responsible for it, better make sure he knows what he's doing if he goes to do it.

Good luck.... Thanks for the previous answers... situation makes some sense now.

(Re-leveled or racked refers to when cabinets are taken down and reset... they can be leveled different, or if inexpensive built cabinets, they can be knocked/anchored "out of square" or racked.)
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You need to make sure the cases are level and plumb.
You will need to remove all the doors and start over. Make sure the doors are flat, I'm betting they aren't any more. They should have kept track of the doors, shame on them.
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I'm not sure that this contractor can do it right.

He should have known about keeping track of the doors.

In pic #1, the left hand (top?) screw appears to have missed the original hole entirely.
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