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Replacing Cabinet Hinges

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Replacing Cabinet Hinges

Replacing hinges on your cabinet doors is easy enough, but plan to take your time – you'll need to remove each door to work on it. Place a soft cloth on a nearby countertop to use as a work surface. Take care not to drop any tools on your countertops.

4 Steps

  1. Remove Old Hinges
  2. Position New Hinges
  3. Attach New Hinges
  4. Reattach Cabinet Doors
Remove Old Hinges

Step 1

Remove Old Hinges

Use a screwdriver or power screwdriver to remove the old doors, hinges, catches and other hardware.

Position New Hinges

Step 2

Position New Hinges

Set a combination square at the 2-inch mark and position the new hinges at an equal distance from the top and bottom of the door. Use a finish nail or an awl to mark the screw locations.

Attach New Hinges

Step 3

Attach New Hinges

Drill pilot holes and attach the hinges with screws. Take care not to drill all the way through the cabinets. Mount the new knobs, handles, and catches. A power screwdriver will speed up this job, but be careful not to strip the threads or break a screw.

Reattach Cabinet Doors

Step 4

Reattach Cabinet Doors

Attach the cabinet doors to the frames. Make sure the doors overlap the openings by an equal amount on all sides. Allow a 1/8-inch gap between doors that cover a single opening.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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