Stripped door hinge screws


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Old 01-27-07, 01:14 AM
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Stripped door hinge screws

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I want to try and fix the top door hinge for one of our bedrooms.
The screws in there look original and they are stripped out to the point where there is no way to use them. I was wondering how I would go about fixing this so that the door can again swing open.


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Old 01-27-07, 05:21 AM
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Stuffing the hole with small slivers of wood [tooth picks work] and using longer screws may help.
 
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Old 01-27-07, 05:26 AM
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Squirt a generous helping of wood glue into the holes, then drive 3 golf tees into those holes (also coat the golf tees with glue). Allow the glue to set up before cutting them flush. Predrill new holes with a small drill bit, then install some new wood screws.
 
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Old 01-27-07, 05:28 AM
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Or you could drill it oversize, insert a piece of dowel with wood glue (snug fitting), and after it dries redrill the hole into the dowel. A longer screw can also do the job sometimes. Your hinge screws are probably an inch long; try using a screw that's an inch and a half or even longer. It'll go past the stripped area into good wood in the casing or even into the framing. Predrill before running the longer screw in to avoid any splitting. Mark's cure is usually sufficient, tho, and there's probably a million door hinges in the world with a similar fix on them.
 
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Its the holes in the frame thats stripped. You can try a quick fix to see if it works but from the appearance of the split wood centered on the holes, it may fail.
Measure the depth of the holes. Them break off small pieces of wood from a Pine board using a hammer and chisel and place in the holes. Two or three pieces are enough for each hole.
Shear off any excess. Now adjust the door so that the hinge is lined up perfectly with the hinge cutout. You will need to place wood shims under the door edge to keep the door from dropping away from the hinge cutout.
Now try running the screws in.
This has worked for me when the doors were hallow. I would not have much faith in it if the doors were heavy.
Another idea, is to find the right size plastic anchors to fit into the holes. Use anchors smaller in length then the depth of the holes.
 
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Originally Posted by rjordan392 View Post
This has worked for me when the doors were hallow. I would not have much faith in it if the doors were heavy.

Thanks for the advice thus far.
But this is not a hallow door. Its an older house and this is a real wood door. No laminate or faux wood on it anywhere.

Is this really going to be a problem?
 
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Old 01-27-07, 02:45 PM
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Shouldn't be a problem; I would try going with the longer screws I suggested. You get them into the framing lumber beneath the door casing and you can hang a bank vault door on the hinges.
 
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I'm with the Tow Guy.

Patching the holes in the jamb with tees or matches is a good first step, but if you want to fix it so you won't have to mess with it again go with 2" or longer screws. There is usually a small space between the jamb and the framing for the rough opening. Using a longer hinge screw will securly anchor the hinge to the framing. Whenever I hang a door I always use a couple of 2"-3" decking screws at each hinge instead of the short screws provided.
 
 

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