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This is used to automatically close my shelf doors.

  • What is its exact name so that I may google better for information.
  • More specifically, I have a similar one with a damper added on top which is getting slack and mis aligned, possibly because of rust (its right under the sink and frequently gets wet). Is it possible to make it last a little longer and tighten it or adjust it in anyway or would I need to just replace it?

Specifically this is the problem I am trying to fix And this is the faulty hinge

  • Can you describe what exactly this one is doing? – DarthCaniac Sep 15 '15 at 13:34
  • @DarthCaniac this is a hinge which pulls the door shut. I have uploaded more photos – Karthik T Sep 19 '15 at 14:57
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That is a 35mm cup hinge, sometimes known as a Euro hinge.

They wear out over time, so replacement is a cheap and cheerful option. If you buy a cheap one (say, at a big box store), you'll need to replace it at some point; if you buy a Blum/ Hafele/ Salice or other high-end replacement, it'll last as long as the cabinet.

When buying, you'll be faced with a staggering number of options regarding "overlay" and opening angle. Best bet is to remove the existing hinge and bring it into a brick/mortar place. Otherwise, a bit of work googling will allow you to match it up. One other option: you can get ones that clip on (as opposed to being screwed in place), which is very convenient.

Be gentle with the screwdriver when re-attaching the hinges... particle board won't take much abuse. A toothpick and some glue in the hole might help if things feel loose.

  • Hi I have uploaded the photos of the specific hinge in question. Does it look at all possible that I can just adjust it somehow? It seems to work fine but just a little loose or something. – Karthik T Sep 19 '15 at 14:58
  • Some extra info. This is a rental, so if I can make a simple fix that will give it a half year or more, that is enough for me. – Karthik T Sep 19 '15 at 14:59
  • Generally speaking, when they don't close, they're tired out and need to be replaced. You might try removing the soft close bumper and see if you get a little better performance. (The soft closer is the long thing with the gray end, and they are often just clipped on at the back.) If that doesn't help, get new hinges. – Aloysius Defenestrate Sep 20 '15 at 15:19
  • Noted, will try it out, tnx – Karthik T Sep 21 '15 at 3:15

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