This is the continuation of the previous post on using wood epoxy as a wood filler.

After preparing the wood epoxy and filling it into the screw holes, you have to work fast enough to ensure that the screws are in place BEFORE the epoxy completely hardens. Otherwise, the epoxy becomes hard and doesn't bond the screw with the wood. Read the curing times of the epoxy and be aware of them as you work.

  • Prepare the new set of screws. The new screws should be a bit longer than the old ones. The new screws are 3/4" long (shown below, left) while the old screws are 1/2" long (shown below, right). The new screw length is about right because the kitchen cabinet wall is 3/4" plywood. Any screw that is longer may protrude to the other side.

In a previous post, I discussed the usual problems with kitchen cabinet doors and that's vulnerability of the concealed hinges getting pulled out. In most cases, the problem manifests itself with the hinge screws getting loose and the kitchen cabinet door misaligning from the cabinet and sagging.

Here are the procedures to readjust the cabinet part of the concealed hinges and effectively reattach them to the cabinet. The kitchen cabinet door being described by the procedures below is the right door (door swings right)
  • With a Phillips-type screwdriver, completely remove the hinge screws in the cabinet part of the concealed hinges. Do this for both of the concealed hinges. Usually, the screws of the door part of the concealed hinge don't easily come off so there's no need to unscrew them.

    You'll notice how one of the concealed hinges has loosened. The scratched paint on the cabinet wood resulted from the constant wiggling of the metal loose hinge in its place. You'll also notice how the door sags by the misaligment of the door edge relative to the cabinet. The gap between door and cabinet appears wider at the top.

The most common items requiring repairs whenever tenants leave are the kitchen cabinet doors. The typical problems are sagging doors, doors that don't close, pulled out cabinet door hinges or any combination of these.

Concealed Hinges for Kitchen Cabinets

The hinges used for the cabinet doors are called concealed hinges, sometimes called european hinges. Unlike the traditional butt or mortise hinges, concealed hinges can be seen inside the kitchen cabinet only. They give a neater appearance for the kitchen cabinet doors on the outside.

There are three type of concealed hinges: inset, full overlay and half overlay. The type of kitchen cabinet door hinges we have is the half overlay like the one shown below.

While waiting for the wood block's adhesive and finishing to completely dry as mentioned in the previous post, you can do a bit of refurbishing on the other side of the damage - and that is the PVC door itself. With the door now detached, you can easily work on it by resting it on the side where door knob is installed.

The refurbishing required on the PVC door is basically covering the unsightly screw holes that remained after the PVC door hinge was relocated. I decided against putting another block of wood on this one because the door's construction and material seem stronger than that of the PVC door jamb.

In the picture below, you can see 2 sets (not just 1) of screw holes in the previous location of the hinge.

In the previous post, I stated the problem I had with the PVC bathroom door. The solution I mentioned was to remove the damaged part of the PVC door jamb and replace it with a block of wood.

In this post, I'll discuss the materials, tools and procedures required to replace the damaged part.

Materials and Tools
  1. Block of wood to fit into the damaged area. In this case, the block measures 3" x 1 1/4" x 1/2". Optionally, you can treat it with a termite-proofing solution. Prepare this beforehand.
  2. Construction adhesive or glue. I used Selley's Liquid Nails.
  3. Sealant or Glazing Putty
  4. Quick Dry Paint (White, oil-based)
  5. Paintbrush (3/4")
  6. Sandpaper (#80 - 100)
  7. Pencil
  8. Ruler
  9. Sharp Cutter or Razor Blade
  10. Phillips type Screwdriver
  11. Flat Screwdriver or Spatula

Many of the bathroom doors nowadays are made of PVC material. Yes, these are PVC doors for bathrooms. Gone are the days of wooden doors that ultimately warp or rot due to the inherent moisture of bathrooms. This is especially if the bathrooms aren't big to start with, and water gets splashed around frequently.

The plastic door is certainly waterproof and the problems associated with wood doors are now non-existent.

Durability is, however, another story.

One of the our PVC doors wasn't as durable as we thought. The PVC door now binds to the PVC door jamb at the latchbolt side. When opened, the door drops slightly to an angle, and when you close it you have to lift the door knob a bit so the PVC door fits into the PVC door frame.