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Door alignment trick
Adjusting cabinet doors with European
hinges is as easy as turning a screw or
two. Hinges like this one adjust in three
directions; others adjust in two. If your
door is crooked—not square with the cabinet—fix that first, then raise or lower it to
the same height as adjacent doors.
For crooked doors, adjust the side screw
on one hinge, which moves the door from
side to side. It's a trial-and-error process.
Make a small adjustment, then close the
door to check its position. If the door is
higher or lower than adjacent doors,
loosen the mounting screws on both
hinges, raise or lower the door, then tighten
the screws. Place a straightedge across
the door top or bottom to make sure it's
level with neighboring doors.
If the door sticks out too far from the
cabinet or the hinge side brushes against
the cabinet when you open the door,
adjust the depth screw. Some hinges
move the door as you turn the depth
screw; others require you to tap the door
in or out and then tighten the screw.
Door adjustments aren't as easy if you
have traditional hinges. If your doors are
sagging, first try tightening the screws. If
the hinges are bent, replace them if you
can find a match.