Kung Fu Maintenance explains and demonstrates three different ways for adjusting european cabinet doors for good alignment and best appearance.
On cabinet doors, there are three different adjustments, basically, for the
cabinet doors. These screws right here, one and two; these are our height
adjustment screws. This one is our pivot screw, and this one is our set
screw. We can see how this is sticking out here.
First thing here is the hinge. The front hinge needs to go under the
plate. So this part is the set screw. The back screw is the set screw.
The second screw is the pivot screw, this screw here. And this needs to go
underneath the plate. It slides in, so someone really didn’t understand
this here when they set this up.
Now this gets slid onto the pivot screw, and the set screw goes underneath
the plate. So we’re underneath the plate here. And then what we want to
do is tighten the set screw so it’s just a little bit, not directly, all
the way pushed in. The set screw allows you to position the distance from
the face of the cabinet to the door. Up top here, also the same thing.
This one is not set properly, so you need to release it and then get the
set screw so that it’s underneath.
Let’s do it here how it should be. There we go. Now we can tighten the
set screw on. Again, the set screw will adjust the distance of the cabinet
from the face. So now here you can see we’ve got a little bit of a lip
here. So we’re going to want to adjust that set screw so that it pushes
the lip in. And again, we usually don’t want it to set all the way in, but
this one’s going to be pretty close in order to get rid of that lip.
That’s pretty good there.
Now the pivot screw’s here. That’s this screw here. It adjusts the pivot of
the door, so how it will line up against the other door. And you can see
how this one is out too far. So what we’re going to need to is adjust the
pivot on both sides in order to draw the door back toward this side of the
cabinet. So we’re going to loosen this screw, and that’s going to pull the
back in as well as up here, and that’s going to pull the back of the
cabinet. And now we can test and see how we’re doing. There we go.
So if we needed to, we can adjust the pivot. Now you can see how this is
kind of too low here, so now we can adjust the pivot of this side right
here. By raising the pivot, we should be able to move this front forward a
little bit, and that’s pretty good. But now you can see how there’s a gap
The third adjustment for the door is the height of the door. Now we can
lower it or raise it, the entire height of the door, and the way we do that
is by loosening all four screws. These two, and this is the height
adjustment for the doors, and then up here. And now what we’re going to do
is lift the door all the way up and then tighten these ones. Obviously, if
we had to lower it, we’d do the opposite. This gives us a degree of
adjustment in order to adjust the height of the door. So now you can see
how this lines up as it should.
Now we can adjust the pivot a tiny bit on this one here. Right here and
this is the pivot screw. I’m going to re-loosen that and instead go with
this door and pivot this over and test it out here. Loosen that a tiny bit,
and we’re good there. Everything’s nice and even there. Everything’s
raised how it should be. So we’re good to go.
So just a quick recap. These screws right here, one and two, these are our
height adjustment screws. This one is our pivot screw, and this one is our
set screw. That’s how you can adjust cabinet doors, three different ways to
adjust cabinet doors.
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