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mclld 07-31-2013 11:29 AM

Screws that hold door hinge to frame are loose
I have a door that has came loose on the top hinge and the screws are not staying in. What is the best way to fix this?

joecaption 07-31-2013 11:45 AM

Install longer screws, 2-1/2" will work.

HomeSealed 07-31-2013 11:58 AM

Yup. 9 times out of 10 longer screws will take care of it.

mclld 07-31-2013 11:59 AM


If that will not do the trick then what would be the next suggestion?

HomeSealed 07-31-2013 01:39 PM

Is it loose on the slab side or the hinge side? Solid or hollow core door?

mclld 07-31-2013 01:41 PM

loose on the door frame of the house and the door is solid

MT Stringer 07-31-2013 02:39 PM

Drill out the screw hole and glue in a hardwood dowel. Then pre drill and install your screws (after the glue has had time to dry.) Worked for me. A 1/4 inch hole and a short piece of wooden dowel for each hole should be all you need.

mclld 07-31-2013 02:43 PM

I dont have a drill

MT Stringer 07-31-2013 03:42 PM


Originally Posted by mclld (Post 1223437)
I dont have a drill

Well, if you want to solve your problem, fork over the cash. Drills are cheap these days. Add a cheap drill bit set and buy a dowel rod and some glue and before you know it, you will be calling yourself a handyman!

SPS-1 07-31-2013 03:56 PM

Filling the hole with wooden toothpicks and some wood glue will work also.

HomeSealed 07-31-2013 05:12 PM

The above methods are optional as well, however I still prefer a longer screw from the get-go. Being on the frame side of the hinge, a longer screw WILL work, as you'll go through the stripped hole in the frame and anchor it right into the RO (2x4 or whatever is there). We generally do this with one or two screws in each hinge in new door installs these days.

kwikfishron 07-31-2013 05:25 PM

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As mentioned install a longer screw or two. If that screw doesn't grab (because it's been before) then go with the drill, glue and plug options.

Wildsmith 08-01-2013 02:21 PM

Use a golf tee to fill the hole and screw the screw back in.

Duckweather 08-01-2013 03:31 PM

The screws probably pulled out because all the weight of the door pulls on that hinge, (it pushes on the bottom one). Longer screws, possibly a size larger, are best. If it pulled out long screws, filling the hole is the only option. A wood Starbucks coffee stirrer split into toothpick size strips do a good job if toothpicks are too short. Since screws in a hinge are usually staggered, your screws should be in the holes farthest from the casing. Drywall doesn't hold screws very well, and the outside screws are very close to it.

mclld 04-08-2014 12:13 PM

I used longer screws but now it is loose again. I went to Lowes and Home Depot and they didnt have any screws longer or wider than what I am currently using(3x5/16). I guess I will try the toothpick tip

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