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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Houston, Texas

    Red face cabinet door won't close

    I have a kitchen cabinet door that won't remain shut. It's one of the ones right underneath the sinks. I close it & it sort of swings open to remain ajar. Any suggestions on how to remedy this problem? None of the other cabinet doors do this. I've been in my house 2 yrs now & this is a recent occurence.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007

    Default Re: cabinet door won't close

    Likely it is a hinge problem, replace the hinges. The door was probably over extended (opened beyond the functional range of the hinge ), causing the hinge to deform, now it doesn't close. A new set of standard hinges will only set you back a few bucks.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2008

    Default Re: cabinet door won't close

    I agree with Spruce---he has extensive experience with cabinets.

    On the other hand, examine the lock to determine what type you have---many are just a leaf spring latch & lose their alignment with the catch notch.

    See if you can see how the opposite side door opens & closes--use a large hand mirror & light to see how the latch/notch mechanism works & if it lacks alignment---sometimes just loosening the hinges & tapping the door top or bottom with the handle of a screwdriver, then retightening is enough to re-align the door so the leaf spring or other mechanism now aligns again with the notch & closes the door---sometimes its the stationary notch piece that has to be loosened with the screwdriver, moved & tightened again with the screwdriver to align it with the latch.

    Also Google "kitchen cabinet door won't close" (without the quotes) for more sites that deal with this problem.
    Last edited by NashuaTech; 02-09-2009 at 06:21 PM.

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