Kitchen cabinets have to be among the hardest working objects in the home. Containing everything from spices and jars to crockery, pans and more, they are staples that no busy household can function without. Given how well used these items of furniture are, it’s no surprise that they go wrong from time to time. From sagging doors and broken hinges to sticking drawers, a host of problems can arise.
The good news is, with the right equipment and a little savoir faire, it’s easy to fix your kitchen cabinets.
The right tools for the job
It’s often said that only a bad workman blames his tools. However, when it comes to doing DIY around the home, this adage just doesn’t apply. The right accessories can help you make short work of cabinet repairs. On the other hand, if you try to tackle these jobs with the wrong equipment, you could be fighting a losing battle.
You might not want to go splashing lots of cash on an array of new tools, but certain items are a must. For instance, the humble screwdriver can come in handy for a range of fixes. Ideally, you should have both flathead versions (which fit into the straight slots on screw heads) and Phillips head designs (which feature a cross-shaped end).
If you’re keen to take the effort and strain out of loosening and tightening screws, and to make these tasks much quicker, it’s well worth investing in electric screwdrivers. For convenience, and if you don’t intend to undertake major home improvement projects, a cordless screwdriver could work best. Just remember to charge these devices between uses. If you’re after extra power though, you should look to mains operated products.
Know the basics
Of course, it’s no good having all the gear and no idea. Fortunately, even if you lack confidence and experience when it comes to DIY, many cabinet repairs are relatively simple. Also, you’ll be able to find plenty of information and advice online to help you.
One common fix that’s worth mastering is the hinge repair. This is because cabinet doors that get a lot of use tend to need their hinges tweaking from time to time. For plain hinges, loosen the mounting screws just enough so that the hinges are able to move, but not so much that the door starts to droop. Next, prop the door up so that it’s square with the cabinet opening. Lastly, re-tighten the screws. Then all that’s left is to admire your handiwork.
Repairs like this can take you a matter of moments once you get the hang of them, and they’re made much easier if you have the right tools to hand.
Bear in mind though, some jobs need more than one person because they’re heavy or awkward. Don’t be tempted to try them yourself. Instead, wait until you’ve got help. The last thing you’ll want to do is cause more damage in your efforts to fix these items of furniture.
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