By kirby. Cupboard. At Wednesday, May 31st 2017, 20:31:23 PM.
Builders Tips - Fix Cupboards BUILT-IN CUPBOARDS Nearly every residence has some built-in cupboards and often we want more of them! Whether inside the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom, theyre usually in fairly constant use and so suffer the exact same wear and tear troubles suffered by doors and windows. Kitchen cupboards in particular break from constant opening and closing and being in contact with water and heat. Built-in cupboards could be one of the additional expensive things to call a tradesperson in to build. There are some jobs the average DIYer can do around the house to fix up difficulties and update the look of their built-ins. Kitchen cupboard doors no longer line up over time, cupboard doors tends to sag, particularly the ones that get used all the time. About once a year I need to take a screwdriver to the cupboard door hinges and fine-tune them to be able to keep the doors aligned. Most doors are designed to be adjusted rapidly and very easily with nothing more than a screwdriver, as most kitchens built inside the last 30 years or so have concealed, adjustable hinges. Usually these hinges have four adjusting screws, allowing you to make three main adjustments: Lateral - the front grub screw (or set screw) adjustment permits the door to be moved side to side. Depth - loosening the back screw enables the door to be moved in or out. Vertical - the two top and bottom screws enable for adjustment of the door in an up or down direction. Youll have to experiment with the readjusting to acquire ideal alignment, but you will soon get the hang of it. Its worth noting that most of these types of hinges are manufactured in Europe and will in all probability have Pozidriv screws in them. Fixing sagging corner cupboard doors The problem with built-in kitchens is the corner cupboard, It constantly ends up a black hole where you cant find anything thats pushed up the back, and the doors, being double Sectioned, usually sag and eventually fall off. This kind of hinged door is a lot heavier than your normal cupboard door, as the hinges on the cabinet and holds the combined weight of both doors, In order to counter this extra weight and open the gap between the top of the folding door as well as the adjacent door, you must compensate by over adjusting not only the hinges that attach the doors to the cabinet but also the hinges that join the two doors together. Both hinges will have an adjustment screw that fits via a slotted hole, usually at the back of the hinge assembly. Loosen this screw slightly and then push the two parts of the hinge closer together just before re-tightening. It could possibly take a couple of attempts to get the doors to sit where you would like them. Fixing drawers Just like the rollers on sliding doors, rollers on drawer runners can get worn or damaged. Replacing the inexpensive runners or slides will have the drawers rolling like new again and is really a fairly straightforward operation: 1 - Pull the drawer forward and lift the front to remove it from the cabinet. This will give you access to both parts of the roller assembly. 2 - Removing just a couple of screws will totally free up the old mechanism. Once again, a decent hardware store should have an exact matching assembly; if not, try cabinetmakers supplies in the phonebook. 3 - These are commonly sold in pairs and you must replace both sides of your drawer at once. You will only want a screwdriver to replace the old screws into the original screw holes. Sometimes with excess pulling and over loaded drawers (or perhaps if the runners had been broken), drawer front can turn out to be loose and pull away from the rest of the drawer. If this is happening to yours: 1 - Remove the drawers and clamp the front back into position. 2 - Add some tiny metal 90 degree angle brackets to the inside of the drawer prior to it comes apart entirely. Another common complaint is the collapse of the thin baseboard inside the drawer. This will normally take place for the reason that the drawer has been overloaded. Brad is a builder in Brisbane [http://www.brisbanehomebuilder.com]. Brad writes these articles in his spare time to share some of his building and DIY knowledge. For work Brad takes on home improvement building projects in Brisbane, Rockhampton and Townsville. These project include deck building projects, renovations and home extensions.
Kitchen Organization Tips: Cupboards Organizing your cupboards may seem to be overwhelming. Actually it is well worth the time and effort. Some people recommend emptying all the cupboards at one time, and then restocking them. Personally I feel that is a bit overwhelming and exhausting. I do one cupboard at a time. Choose one, whichever one you want to start on; · Completely empty your cupboard, yes everything · Now is the time to replace paper on the shelves, if you choose to use a shelf liner of some sort. · Now is also the time to paint the interior of the cupboard if you are so inclined · Wipe down the shelves and the cupboard walls. You now have the entire contents of your cupboard on your kitchen table. Sort through the items and discard any that are no longer useable or have no value to you. Ask yourself if you need every item and if the items belong in the cupboard they were in. Discard, recycle, or donate any items you no longer need or want. You probably have several types of cupboards in your kitchen; dish storage, food storage, pots and pans storage, baking pans, and small appliance storage. You may have other items stored in your cupboards. Dish Storage: This is a great time to wash all of your dishes and discard any that are chipped or stained beyond use. After washing all your dishes put them back in the cupboard, think about how you want to organize the cupboard. Logically the items you use most often should be the most accessible. Use dish organizers to make the most of every corner of your cupboards. Food Storage: Sort through all the food items, such as flour, sugar, teas, coffees, and whatever else you have in the cupboard. First check the expiration date of each item. If it is out of date discard it. Wipe off all containers. If you have any items in the cupboard that are not in some type of seal able, bug resistant container, do so now. Again think about how you want the cupboard organized, draw a diagram if desired. As with dishes put items that you use regularly on lower, easily accessable shelves. Store the items that are seldom used higher. If you have items left on your table decide where they belong. Some probably dont belong in the kitchen. Pots and Pans and bake wear: Again wash all the items, check to see if they are useable. If an item is rusted or badly pitted discard it. Consider if you could store your cookware on a hanging rack. This would save much cupboard space, another solution might be a pegboard hung on a wall and hang your pans on hooks. Small appliances are problematic because you often do not use them daily. First wash and polish them up. If possible store them in a plastic bags to keep them clean and dust free. Store them so the ones you use often are in the front. Put others in the back, use slide out shelves or baskets so that they pull out easily. Work through all of your cupboards, one at a time. Even if you cannot finish in one day, you are well on your way to having an organized kitchen.
Keep Your Kitchen Cupboards Hygienically Clean! We spend so much time each day in our kitchens; therefore it is vitally important that your kitchen provides you with a happy-place feeling. How many times dont we end up spending a whole evening around the kitchen table? Whether it be reminiscing about our days with our family, or a game of poker with our friends, the kitchen often ends up being the living room. Kitchen hygiene is obviously very important. With frequent use, spills and food preparations, kitchens can show wear faster than they need to. So after youve scrubbed the sink and mopped the floor, your kitchen is clean, right? Wrong! Kitchen cupboards form a large part of your kitchen and should always be kept squeaky clean! There are great products on the market for cleaning your kitchen cupboards, but we all know that that is just a temporary solution. The grease, oil and fingerprints seem to reappear almost immediately. And lets face it; we cannot spend the whole day cleaning our kitchen cupboards (as that would interfere with our family /fun time around the kitchen table!). Invest in a kitchen cupboard restorer! We all know that certain shampoos and polish prevent dust from settling on our cars, and we even spray products on our bathroom windows to prevent them from steaming up... so why not give our kitchen cupboards the same respect? Most of these restorers wont cost you and arm and a leg and you will soon find that fingerprints, grease and oil will not take away your kitchens shine! When cleaning your kitchen cupboards on the inside, it is important to use a slightly damp, not soaking wet, sponge or cloth to wipe the surfaces. Then use a soft, dry cloth to make sure that there is no water left on the cupboard surfaces. This would end up warping the wood and leave the cupboard with a stuffy odor. If you have wooden kitchen cupboard, it is essential to treat the surfaces on a regular basis. Personal hygiene goes hand-in-hand with kitchen hygiene. Germs and bacteria hide on most surfaces that are touched, therefore washing your hands often is very important. Wipe up spills immediately after they occur - removing everyday spills and drips will prevent food and drink from staining your kitchen surfaces and is a good first step for a hygienic kitchen. A red wine spill poses no problem when wiped up immediately, but that same spill can leave a permanent stain if left for a couple of days. Clean your kitchen appliances and cupboards often! Also keep in mind that a lot of food products have expiry dates. Do not leave such products in your kitchen cupboards indefinitely! This is a sure way to attract all kinds of unwanted visitors - do not allow your kitchen cupboard to become a breeding ground for flying and crawling bugs! By following these simple tips, youll be able to spend many happy hours in your kitchen and be happy in the knowledge that your kitchen is a safe and hygienic place for family and friends to visit.