How to Repair Broken or Loose Cabinet Hardware

Ever go to grab a pot or pan from your kitchen cupboard and notice the knob wiggles in your hand? It’s been doing it for weeks, and you keep meaning to fix it, but haven’t! 

It’s truly a quick fix that takes just minutes. Broken or loose cabinet hardware should always be fixed as soon as you notice it so you can enjoy your kitchen the way you deserve.

How to Fix a Loose Knob

Knobs and pulls are simple things. They attach to the backside of your cupboard door with a threaded screw. 

Over time, though, the knob head may de-thread from the screw, causing a wiggly knob. In other cases, the door may not be thick enough for the screw to tighten the knob against it. 

If the problem is just a loose knob, the solution is as simple as tightening it again. If the problem is a screw that’s too long, though, you can quickly fix the problem for about ten cents. 

Here’s how:

  • Head to your local hardware store and pick up a few washers. 
  • Pick washers that have holes large or small enough to accommodate the width of the screw’s head. 
  • Next time you notice a loose knob, add a few washers behind the screw head, on the inside of the drawer. 
  • Tighten the screw and knob until the wiggle is gone (but not too tight!). 

In rare cases, the culprit behind a loose knob can be a stripped screw. If so, simply replace the stripped screw to successfully tighten the screw. If you find yourself switching from a two-hole pull to a one-hole pull, opt for a replacement that includes hardware with backplates to cover excess holes and scratches. 

Fixing Broken Drawer Pulls

If you have high-quality, handmade cabinetry, you have a few options for fixing broken drawer pulls. 

Go back to the builder.

If your cabinet hardware is hand-made, you can easily fix the broken drawer pulls by going back to the cabinet maker. They’ll be able to patch your broken drawer pull or create another one to replace the broken option and match the cabinet material so your cabinets look good as new.  

Epoxy broken pieces.

If you have a drawer pull or handle, a dab of epoxy, super glue, or other adhesive can work wonders to repair it. Replace the broken piece where it should be, and add a drop of material-specific superglue to the affected area. 

Use a toothpick to direct the glue, and be careful not to get any on the cabinet, your hands, or the surrounding work area. Allow the glue to set for the package-specified time before using the drawer pull again. 

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For more information about custom cabinet work, contact us today. We proudly serve those in Perry, NY and the nearby areas. 

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