Forum Title: why don't my cabinet doors close?
I'm installing new hinges on old kitchen cabinet doors. They are inset lipped doors, and the hinges are an adjustable 3/8 inset style. Some of the hinges work just fine, but with some of them I simply can't get the door to close fully no matter how much fiddling I do. It feels as though the screws are going to pull out of the wood if I try to close the door all the way. Is there some trick to this that I'm missing, or are these substandard hinges? Thanks for any advice!
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: DEAN SANTOS (Roswell, NM), 01/05/2019

Often times, the stain they used on doors, trim, etc might bleed through the paint. Did you use a primer first, like Zinnzer?

- LAURA D (Fresno, CA), 02/14/2019

Thanks for replying! I got them from Rockler, and they certainly all look the same. I put the hinges on the doors first, and they fit into the space just fine. But when I screw the hinge to the frame and try to close the door it stops about a half inch short. It's as though there is something blocking the hinge from swinging closed, but I've driven the screws in as tightly as possible. An electrician who was in the house insisted they were sprung. What exactly does that mean? The hinges seem to look and operate just fine off the doors.

- KRISTEN BARNETT (Costa Mesa, CA), 02/04/2019

Sprung refers to the self closing action, if they have that feature. The spring or device that helps close the hinge gets out of whack, or sprung. Difficult to say what the problem is without seeing the situation. Rockler has good products. It sounds like you are using the existing holes, maybe that is what is binding up the hinges. Try a slightly different mounting point.

- BETTY THOMAS (Broken Arrow, OK), 03/04/2019

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