How to Fix Loose Screw Holes of Flush Hinges How to Fix Loose Screw Holes of Flush Hinges

What You'll Need
New Flush Hinges

The cabinet hinges, or flush hinges, are often used on light doors. If you are facing problems like improper alignment or loose doors, it is time to examine the hinges. They might need to be replaced or repaired, depending on the extent of the damage. This is a job you can do yourself. Here’s how you do it.

Step 1 – Getting Started

Check the hinge and determine the problem area. You need to take the loose screw out.

Step 2 – Determining the Damage

If the hinge is in a good state all you have to do is repair the attachment.

Step 3 – Placing the Hinge

Place the hinge back in position and tighten the screw. Check the door or the surface alignment to see if the attachment is right.

Step 4 – Extreme Damage

If you find that the hinge is either bent or is broken you will have to replace the entire hinge. Follow the steps below to fix the problem.

Step 5 – Replacing the Old Hinge

With the help of a screwdriver, rid the existing flush hinge of the screws. At this point, make sure to observe the hinge to note the side that is facing outwards.

Step 6 – Buying a New Hinge

After taking the old hinge out measure the area to find out the exact size of the hinges. You can also take the old hinge with you while shopping for the new one. Flush hinges are widely available in any hardware store.

Step 7 – Quick Installation

Most of the time the new flush hinge fits snugly in the old position. And all you have to do is screw it into the surface. The existing holes do the trick; you need not drill new holes. This will complete your job.

Steps 8 – Different Holes

Place the hinges in the original space and check the holes. If the holes on the hinge do not line up with the screws on the surface you will have correct it before continuing.

Step 9 - Use a Dowel

Dip a dowel into a bottle of household glue. The diameter or size of the dowel has to be same as the hole. Now place the dowel into the hole. Let is set overnight to help the glue dry.

Step 10 – Cut the Base Wood

After leaving it for the night, cut the base wood and sand until you get a smooth surface.

Step 11 – Drilling

Mark the points where the screw has to be drilled by simply placing the hinge. Use a nail and insert it at the spot. This will give you the starting point for drilling.

Step 12 – Installing the Hinge

Now drill holes at all the required marked spots. The measurement should be half of the new screws' diameter. Now attach the new hinges.

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