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I got this kind of euro hinges in the cabinets package. There is just a big hole on the door which makes it easy to install the hinge on the door. But there is no predrilled holes at the inside of the cabinet. It is so hard for me to locate correctly from the inside of the cabinet. Are there any easy way to do that? My cabinet is frameless full overlay door.

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Coat the back of the hinge with caulk or peanutbutter or something, install hinge into big hole, carefully place door in opening.
Hopefully you'll be left with an impression in caulk on the inside of cabinet.
Wipe off caulk before it dries.
If not, grab that tape measure and locate the old-fashioned way.
 

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Coat the back of the hinge with caulk or peanutbutter or something, install hinge into big hole, carefully place door in opening.
Hopefully you'll be left with an impression in caulk on the inside of cabinet.
Wipe off caulk before it dries.
If not, grab that tape measure and locate the old-fashioned way.
:laughing:I will try the peanutbutter way first:laughing:

By the way, what is the old-fashioned way? How should I measure where the holes should be? I have around 18 cabinets and all the doors have not been installed:(

Thanks very much!
 

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Here is how I do it. I install the hinge onto the door. Then I put the door in the opening exactly where I want it, and temporarily shim it into position. Hold the cabinet side of the hinge in place. Then I use an automatic center punch (costs about $10 at any hardware store) to punch into the wood through the hinge holes. Presto, you have the exact location for the screws.

Even if you are off a little bit, those hinges are almost always adjustable, often three ways. Which brings up another point. You should adjust the hinges to the midpoint of each adjustment before installation, that way you have the greatest probability of being able to perfectly align the hinge after installation even if you are off a little bit.
 

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Install the hinges in the door and open the hinges to the open position. Place the hinge edge of the door against the cabinet side. With the door against the cabinet side, use a playing card and double it, put the card between the door and the cabinet side at each hinge so there will be a slight space between the back edge of the door and cabinet side. Divide the margin at the top and the bottom of the cabinet then put screws in the top hinge, repeat for the bottom. Before you close the door be sure there is a slight space between the door and the cabinet side. If you don't, you can damage the door as it closes sometimes, that was the purpose of the playing card.

Once the door is closed you can see how to adjust the hinge so the door is where you want it to be. One thing you can do to make the rest of the installs easier, take a straight piece of board and clamp it in place on the bottom edge of the cabinets so you can rest the edge of the door on it in the correct position. Installing doors is much easier with two people but it can be done with one person.
 

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Thanks everyone!! I just bought a punch tool for $7.4 and will try after I get the tool! Thanks so much!!!:thumbsup:
 

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Irene... the next time you need cabinets will you buy "RTA" again?
Or will you buy the fully assembled?
I thought every cabinet should be RTA? :( Are there cabinets that are not RTA?:eek:

The assembling fee and delivery fee is too high...I am running out of budget because I bought some expensive hardwood floors. That is why I choose to assemble all by myself...

I am almost done now:laughing:...just waiting for installing the doors:jester:
 
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