How to Fix a Door With Loose Screws in the Hinge

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Doors are connected to door frames by either two or three hinges that are screwed into both the door and the frame, and then connected by a pin. Over time the pressure on these screws can cause the screw holes to become misshapen and the screws will no longer be tight in the hole. While you can always move the hinges either up or down the door and reinstall them, there is an easier way to make the screws tight again.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wood matchsticks
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Magnet
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Open the door as far as possible.

  • Remove the loose screws from the hinge. For screws that are just a little loose you can just unscrew them. For screws that are totally stripped you may have to use a magnet, or dig it out with a pair of pliers. Once the screw, or screws, are out, remove the entire hinge.

  • Dip your matchsticks into carpenter's glue and shove them into the screw hole until you can't fit any more in. Do this for every hole you were having issues with.

  • Wait an hour for the glue to dry.

  • Cut the ends of the matchsticks with your utility knife so that the sticks are flush with the door frame, instead of sticking out.

  • Place the hinge back over the screw holes and hold it there.

  • Screw the screws back into their holes. Your loose screws will bite into the matchsticks and will now be secure.

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