Trouble screwing in door hinges....

Old 09-27-04, 08:41 AM
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I took my doors off the frame to change out the hinges - and when I did that, I noticed that most of them were held onto the door frame with nails and the paint around the hinges! So, here I am, brand new hinges, but when I go to put a screw into the frame, there is nothing for the screws to screw into!

Anyone got any good solutions for this. I had thought about longer screws but I can't find any to match my hinges.

I had also read something about inserting a toothpick into the hole along with some glue - only I can't remember what type of glue - any thoughts?

Thank you so much for your help.

Old 09-27-04, 11:42 AM
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Tooth pick works, and you don't have to have glue, but if you want it, elmers would do fine
Old 09-27-04, 02:22 PM
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The situation you are describing is quite common ... it's a problem that often arises with the old doors that pass through my ornamental and architectural salvage yards. There are several solutions; toothpicks and golf tees, but there are plugs (dowel shaped pieces of wood) made especially for your situation ... usually 6 with a small tube of glue to a $1.99 cent bag ... available at better hardware stores and online from cabinet and refinishing supply companies. They go by different names depending on the company that makes them, and local regional trades have their slang names, but they work great. One easy way ... if you have an electric drill, bits, and a countersink .... is to just drill new holes in your hinges.

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