Soft Close Kitchen Cabinet Hinges
Just had kitchen rebuilt, due to R/O unit flooding when we were away.
H\We had soft close hinges put in custom cabinets and they are not uniform in closing rates. Some are molasas slow while others are almost slammers. No consistency even on same weight doors!
The brand name is "Salice".
Any one had experience with these or any other related comments?
If the depth of the holes in the doors for those hinges was drilled correctly, those hinges should have uniform closing action regardless of door size or weight. The soft close time on Salice "Silentia" hinges is between 3-5 seconds. If the drilling depth of the holes in the doors varies at all, this could affect the closing action of the doors. If some are just slamming shut, the assembler at the cabinet shop may have mixed the regulars with the soft close ones. Salice are the best hinges on the market btw, this should be easy to resolve.
Do not try to adjust these with a #1 Phillips. The adjustment screw heads on Euro hinges are actually pozidriv. Phillips are cross headed and pozi are twin cross headed at a 45 degree angle. If you crank the screws too hard with a Phillips tip, you'll strip the head.
A professional installer should have adjusted all the hinges for you at the end of the install job, unless this was not included in the scope of work. In any case, this clearly wasn't done but it is easy enough to do. A #2 Philips screwdriver is usually what is needed (sometimes also a #1 for fine adjustment).
I'd first call your custom cabinet installer and be nice about it ... at least to start with. In theory, they should be happy to send a guy over, when they are between installs to do those adjustments for you. The last thing that they really need is for you to be unhappy and blast them on the Internet about a shoddy install job ... there should be no reason to even threaten them. It's just so easy for them to send their guy over for 1 hour sometime in the next 1-2 weeks.
At $15/set and 10 sets in the cabinets, I expect consistency in the closure rates. As noted in my post some close with no damping at all. Just slam shut! Since I paid for a soft close I expect to get just that. My questioning is if others have had this kind of a problem with all soft closure hardware or is it limited to the "Salice" brand.
Didn't mean to touch a nerve. You confused me with your OP--I thought you said some were *almost* slammers. I guess I just don't understand why one cabinet door closing (the last inch or so) faster or slower than any other could be an issue.
Feel free to be upset as you want about this. It's your money. Frankly, I'm so Old School, I would have been happy with 15, 10-cent rubber bumpers to damp the noise.