|Norm's Tricks Of The Trade|
David: Question: We're planning to refinish the original cabinets in our 1939s kitchen, but the hinges are buried under layers and layers of paint. How do we remove the hinges without damaging them or the surrounding wood? -Barbara Barnes, La Mesa, CA.
Norm's Answer: In order to take off the hinges, you'll have to back out the old straight-slot screws that hold them in place. That requires clearing the screws, paint-clogged slots. Given the age of your house, there are probably layers of lead paint on the hinges, so brfore you start, put on a respirator and lay down a wide piece of plastic sheeting under the work area to catch any paint chips.