Doors falling off hinges


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Old 05-25-08, 10:00 PM
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Doors falling off hinges

I'm finding that more and more of my doors and falling off its hinges and wanted to see the best way to resolve this without having to buy new doors.

Today, I noticed my bathroom door was not closing right without having to slightly lift it. When I looked at the hinge, it was beginning to separate from the door. When I tried to tighten the screws, they wouldn't tighten any further and just kept turning. When I tried pulling the door away from the hinge, to my surprise, it came off without any struggle.

So I went into Home Depot and bought an epoxy glue. Using the glue, I filled the holes hoping they would allow the screws to hold in better. While I was able to reattach the door, I don't think it will hold up for long because I still see a small gap. But when I started to my check other doors in the house, sure enough, almost all of them have begun to separate.

So I wanted to see what the best way to fix this. Here are my options (at least what I think):
  • Buy a new door
  • Continue to use an epoxy glue
  • Buy screws with a large diameter
  • Buy a different hinge with different hole patterns

What are your thoughts and are there other suggestions?
 
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Old 05-25-08, 10:04 PM
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Old 05-26-08, 12:03 AM
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It's not unusual to find those screws stripped: people over tighten them. There are several things you can do to fix it.

1. Glue a wooden golf tee into the hole. When the glue dries trim off the excess tee with a small pull saw.
2. glue toothpicks into the hole. Again trim when dry.
3. Use Minwax two part wood filler to fill the holes.

With any method that fills the hole, predrill before running the screw into the hole. Take the screws to a snug fit and no more.
 
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Old 05-26-08, 05:12 AM
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All of the above plus use a slightly longer screw. Make sure to use the correct bit for the pilot hole.
 
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Old 05-26-08, 03:36 PM
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Hi,
remove the hinges Drill out the screw holes to 3/8, glue in 3/8 hardwood dowls reinstall hinges using 1/8 pilot hole for screws. This also works great on pocket doors or bypass doors when the top rail is press wood.
Good Luck Woodbutcher
 
 

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