How to Fix a Broken Cabinet Hinge

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How to Fix a Broken Cabinet Hinge
Most do-it-yourselfers can fix cabinet hinges. (hinge image by Mat Hayward from

Broken kitchen cabinet hinges aren't difficult to repair. Wobby hinges that are too big for the screws that attach them to the cabinets and broken internal springs are among the leading culprits. A few materials and tools will remedy these problems, allowing you to get more life out of your cabinet hinges.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pencil
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Wood glue
  • Jamb saw
  • Electric drill
  • Assorted drill bits
  • Roller catch
  • Screws

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    Fixing a Loose Hinge

  1. 1

    Open and close the door to see if it is working correctly. If the hinge is loose, the door will hang off the hinge and not close properly. The hinge must be tightened.

  2. 2

    Loosen the hinge screws with a screwdriver and pull the hinge away from the cabinet. Mark the screw holes with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Cover several wood toothpicks with a layer of wood glue. Insert as many toothpicks as needed into the loose screw holes. Wait for the wood glue to dry completely. Use a jamb saw to cut the toothpicks down so they are flush with the edge of the door.

  4. 4

    Create new screw holes through the toothpicks, using an electric drill. The drill bit must be the same size as the screws. Align the hinge with the screw holes and insert the screws, tightening them with a screwdriver.

    Repair a Broken Hinge Spring

  1. 1

    Open and close the door. If the hinge is in good condition but the door does not stay closed, an internal spring may be broken. Although you cannot just replace the spring, you can insert a small piece of hardware to close the door.

  2. 2

    Hold the roller end of a roller catch on the inside upper edge of the cabinet. The rollers should be even with the cabinet face and should fit inside the cabinet.

  3. 3

    Draw marks with a pencil where the screw holes for the roller catch should go. Create pilot holes for the screws with an electric drill equipped with a bit the same size as the screws. Secure the roller part of the roller catch with a screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Set the metal catch portion of the roller catch on the inside upper edge of the cabinet door. When the door shuts, the two sections of the roller catch should come together.

  5. 5

    Draw marks for the screw placement for the roller catch with a pencil and drill pilot holes. Attach the roller catch and tighten it with a screwdriver.

Tips and warnings

  • A new hinge may cost less than a roller catch. Even so, it may be difficult to match up the hinge to your current hardware.

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