cabinet doorCupboard doors do sometimes have a mind of their own. But falling down? That is pretty extreme. I’m wondering how much abuse they have suffered.

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Cabinet doors have either fixed hinges or adjustable hinges. Either style can be abused and will cause some play in the hinge. If a door gets opened too far, it can place lots of stress on the hinge and cause it to become loose. In fixed hinges where the screws go through the hinge and into the door, the stress can cause the screws to become loose or even split the wood in the door or frame. On adjustable hinges the screws that hold the two pieces of the hinge together can become loose and pull apart. This will cause the door to become separated from the hinge and fall down or at the least pull away from the cabinet. Since these doors have two hinges, it isn’t likely that the door will completely fall off and hit the floor, unless both hinges are loose and damaged.

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It is probably a good idea to secure the hinges back quickly to avoid any further damage. On non-adjustable hinges, you can add some toothpicks and wood glue and then reinstall the screws. For adjustable hinges, mate the two halves together and tighten the screws. Being a little gentle on your doors probably wouldn’t hurt either.

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