Return to the Home Repair Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
Need help reinstalling a cabinet door that fell off

Posted by marie26 (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 11, 11 at 19:29

Please help. One of my bathroom cabinet doors underneath the sink fell off. It had been screwed into a wall that is hollow behind it (and I can't get to). How do I close up the holes where the screws were screwed into so that I can reinstall the cabinet door into the exact same location?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

I had written this request for help in the remodeling forum but this is probably a better place to ask for help.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: Need help reinstalling a cabinet door that fell off

I assume you mean the cabinet is screwed into the wall, not the door?

Is the cabinet wood or pressed board?


 o
RE: Need help reinstalling a cabinet door that fell off

Molly anchors are about as solid as you can get into regular drywall.

They normally require at least a 1/4 inch hole, so you may be able to enlarge the existing holes for them.

Opening the wall to install blocking (wood attached to the studs) would be more solid, but would require some drywall patching.


 o
RE: Need help reinstalling a cabinet door that fell off

Thank you both for responding. I will try to install the Molly anchors first and then screw the door back on.

Is it best to screw in one one of the two screws through the top hinge in first, then one of the bottom or does the order not matter?


 o
RE: Need help reinstalling a cabinet door that fell off

My DH was a cabinetmaker. We never used an anchor of any kind.I think it would interfere with door closing all the way. A little bit of wood in the hole,take a toothpick & break it into about 3 pieces. Try 1 piece in hole if still loose use 2 pieces,(they shouldn't stick out of the hole) don't fill the hole as you need to get the screw in & started. I would do 1 top & 1 bottom screw 1st & be sure you can open & close the door before doing the rest of them. Flat toothpicks are easier to use. Can be bought in any grocery store & maybe even 99cent store.


 o
RE: Need help reinstalling a cabinet door that fell off

I've never come across a cabinet door screwed into a wall. What sort of cabinet is this?


 o
RE: Need help reinstalling a cabinet door that fell off

Are you in an older mobile home with paneling on the walls?

You might want to make a faceframe and mount the doors to it if possible. If you dont have those skills/tools, hire a pro such as a handyman that has woodworking skills. Make sure they are reputable and ask for references geared towards your project.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Home Repair Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here