Quick Kitchen Cabinet Repair

Posted by John on August 24th, 2012

So things have slowed down a little bit around here since we knocked dragged out our dining room wainscoting and gussied up our front door.  It’s going to pick up again soon though.  Plus, in the fall I’ll be taking another grad school course.  Before we know it, we’ll be busy like crazy.  We do have a couple more projects that we already finished and we’ll probably post about those next week.  Since it’s Friday, I thought it would be a good opportunity for a quick post on a kitchen cabinet repair we did a few days ago.  You’d think owning a new home would negate the need for annoying repairs.  Nope.  Apparently the cabinet door on our lazy susan decided it had enough and busted out from the hinge.


Double crap.

It looks bad, but in reality, this is an easy fix.  Now, if you think you can just re-screw in the old screws and it will hold you’d be wrong.  You need to step it up.

The door is 3/4″ thick.  The screws that were in there are 1/2″ long.  That means I can use a longer screw.

Here’s the screw that popped out next to the screw I’m going to use.  The screw on the left is the 1/2″ fastener.  The screw on the right is 3/4″ long.  I also decided to go with a beefier screw.  The 1/2″ screw is a size 6.  The 3/4″ screw is a size 8 (they only come in even sizes).  So, I’m using a longer and a wider fastener to make the repair.  There are a ton of “that’s what she said” jokes here, so I’m being careful with my word choice.  🙂

The larger screw went into the old holes like butter and seem to be holding very well.

That wasn’t too bad.  Fastest. repair. ever.


Is there anything broken in your place that you need to fix?  Have a great weekend!!


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  • Something similar happened to one of our closet doors the other day – you're right, fastest repair ever!

  • Kristen

    When we moved into our apartment, one of the kitchen's wide drawers had fallen off on one side. It was a simple fix (it's not my house so I just re-did what was done) and no more problems! Now, the corner door (same as what you just fixed) is sort of loose and needs to be fixing. I may borrow your style and upgrade (again – had to be careful about word choice)!

    • John_OHFScratch

      Haha. Wording is a minefield!

  • Thank God for handy hubbies – that's all I have to say!

  • Thanks for the tip. I love the color of your cabinets.

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Lisa!

  • I'm so happy to see I wasn't the only one with a "that's what she said" floating around in my brain when I read the post hehe.

    And YAY for quick and easy repairs!

  • kellyatvatw

    Nothing like a quick, easy fix to make you feel super productive for minimal effort. (Those are my favorite!) 🙂

  • Nate needs to fix our pantry doors. They don't close correctly. They've been that way for about 3 years now. Oops.