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Old 01-09-2018, 04:09 PM   #1
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Concealed hinges fix?

in our 2014 37ls the interior cabinets use concealed hinges similar to the one pictured. They meet the cabinet door using a predrilled hole and plastic screw anchor (not directly screwed into door)

We have had several occasions where the door part comes off. I have been using adhesive to put them back in but some of those are not staying after a period of usage.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, can you offer your fixes? I though I may have to actually drill a small hole and put small screws into the cabinet door, but would prefer not to.

thanks in advance.

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Old 01-11-2018, 11:08 PM   #2
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in our 2014 37ls the interior cabinets use concealed hinges similar to the one pictured. They meet the cabinet door using a predrilled hole and plastic screw anchor (not directly screwed into door)

We have had several occasions where the door part comes off. I have been using adhesive to put them back in but some of those are not staying after a period of usage.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, can you offer your fixes? I though I may have to actually drill a small hole and put small screws into the cabinet door, but would prefer not to.

thanks in advance.

I thought I'd chime in since no one has responded. If I'm picturing in my mind how yours are mounted, the plastic anchor is what's inside the door and the screw holding the hinge to it goes inside the plastic? Seems like you're saying the plastic anchors are what's failing? Anyway, I think the ideal fix would be to directly screw the hinges to the door, if there's enough thickness of the doors to do so. I have the same hinges in my MH, house and every house I've owned in the last few years and they were all mounted directly to the doors and I've never had one to fail. You might also use some Liquid Nails on the screw threads just to add some support and help hold them once they're screwed in.

Worst case scenario if you HAVE to relocate the hinges is to go to Lowe's and buy one of the hole cutters they sell. They make this tool to specifically drill the holes for these hinges and it shouldn't be very difficult. I would only do this as a last resort if directly screwing into the doors is not feasible due to not enough thickness, holes wallowed out, etc. As a very last resort, you could change to normal hinges that aren't the recessed kind like you have.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help but thought I'd offer up some ideas to help you fix the issue, good luck!
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:34 PM   #3
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I thought I'd chime in since no one has responded. If I'm picturing in my mind how yours are mounted, the plastic anchor is what's inside the door and the screw holding the hinge to it goes inside the plastic? Seems like you're saying the plastic anchors are what's failing? Anyway, I think the ideal fix would be to directly screw the hinges to the door, if there's enough thickness of the doors to do so. I have the same hinges in my MH, house and every house I've owned in the last few years and they were all mounted directly to the doors and I've never had one to fail. You might also use some Liquid Nails on the screw threads just to add some support and help hold them once they're screwed in.

Worst case scenario if you HAVE to relocate the hinges is to go to Lowe's and buy one of the hole cutters they sell. They make this tool to specifically drill the holes for these hinges and it shouldn't be very difficult. I would only do this as a last resort if directly screwing into the doors is not feasible due to not enough thickness, holes wallowed out, etc. As a very last resort, you could change to normal hinges that aren't the recessed kind like you have.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help but thought I'd offer up some ideas to help you fix the issue, good luck!
Yes, the plastic anchors come out of the door. I have used an adhesive to put them back in and have just had one of them fail. I'll clean it and try liquid nails this time...my usual choice but for some reason i tried something else on a few doors.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:17 AM   #4
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Fill the holes with wood filler, let dry, drill small pilot hole, coat screw with glue and screw directly into the pressboard.
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:19 AM   #5
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Fill the holes with wood filler, let dry, drill small pilot hole, coat screw with glue and screw directly into the pressboard.
Thanks...i was pondering that one idea too...i just have to confirm i can get that plastic plug off the bracket
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:08 PM   #6
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Thanks...i was pondering that one idea too...i just have to confirm i can get that plastic plug off the bracket
If you canít get the plastic plugs off, Iíd just go with new hinges. I know they are pricey but I believe if youíre having as much trouble as you are, it may save aggravation and future fixes. If youíre pretty handy, youíll figure it out and I have no doubt you can fix it for the long term. I thrive on things such as this, I love the challenge and especially when my fix truly fixes it. Good luck!
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Old 01-15-2018, 01:05 PM   #7
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Thanks.... I'm sure I'll figure it out. I like tinkering and for some sick reason I enjoy making little fixes... figuring out a solution, implementing it and then enjoying the result.

I'll be going to the huge Tampa RV show this weekend and will be visiting all the vendor booths and may actually come up with something there. I'll also be tracking down the Thor reps that attend and discussing items with them as well...
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You can also try epoxy on the plastic inserts.
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You can also try epoxy on the plastic inserts.
Yes, I used that before on 4 cabinets. This one fell out last trip again so I'm questioning how long the others will last...
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Old 01-15-2018, 08:06 PM   #10
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I'd try a good strong adhesive first. If you feel like the adhesive you used was a good one
then
the next thing I would do is fill the holes with wood, either an appropriate sized dowel, or even in a pinch tooth picks jammed tightly in, with some good wood glue (titebond for example)....then cut flush, predrill, and use appropriate screws.
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