Offset Hinge problem

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Old 07-10-07, 11:26 AM
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Offset Hinge problem

Hello, a few months ago I modified the doors of several of my mothers rooms, replacing the existing hinges with offset hinges that give extra room to keep her from scraping things with her wheelchair. Recently however, the lower hinge to the bathroom door has started pulling out, and recently the screws popped out altogether, with the holes seeming now totally stripped. From the looks of things, using longer screws should solve the problem, but I wanted to check first to see if anyone knows about any special factors or stresses to keep in mind with Offset hinges.
 
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Old 07-10-07, 12:07 PM
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No special issues. You can either use longer screws as you mentioned, or another trick is to insert some toothpicks and glue alongside your screws. If the doors are heavy solid core doors, they should probably have long screws anyway... offset hinges would slightly increase the amount of stress on the screws if the doors are heavy solid core doors.

Running the screws in and out a couple times (when you changed hinges) probably just loosened up the wood threads enough to strip them out.
 
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Old 07-10-07, 03:26 PM
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Depending on the weight of the doors, too, you may need 3 hinges rather than 2 found on lightweight interior doors. Glued in golf tees make wonderful fillers for boogered holes. Glue insert the tee and break it off. Main thing, don't tell the golfer in your family you used their tees.
 
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Old 07-10-07, 04:04 PM
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LOL @ don't tell the golfer!
 
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