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Old 04-08-2014, 12:17 PM   #16
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Filling the hole with wooden toothpicks and some wood glue will work also.
This is my goto for worn out holes. I usually skip the glue part but on a door hinge it is a good idea.


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be sure and put the screws in like duckweather mentions. toward the inside of hinge more center of wall. even angle the screw some so it goes into the jack stud unless you have metal framing in your walls.
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I hope you bought a drill. If you are trying to put in a 3" screw into a 2x4 frame by hand, there's no way you are going to get it tight enough. An impact drill works best for those situations.
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I had the same issues. I live in an older home with some settlement and some of the door frames are a little off. This one door was hanging up against the frame every time I closed it since I bought the house. I didn't bother doing anything about it til one day I went to force it shut and the hinges pulled out. I think if the screws didn't come out with too much force and there is just minor wear and tear in that hole the longer screws or toothpicks with wood glue will work. If there is alot of wood damage in there, it will be hard to get them to bite. I tried all that crap and the hinges still weren't secure enough for my liking. They may have reached all the way through to a stud but because there was so much play for it to move around for the first inch or so of the screw it just kept working itself lose. I stuffed about a dozen toothpicks in there. This helped matters a little but the screws still refuse to bite enough that I felt comfortable putting the door back up.

If you aren't careful you will crack some of the wood and/or damage more of the wood in the hole and make it harder to fix. I finally just let my handyman come in, drill out 1/4 or 3/8 inch holes, and do the wood Dowling method. He then screwed into that, which expanded into the hole to further lock itself in place. He squared the door frame while he was at it so the screws wouldn't work their way out again. It now feels more solid than it did before the hinges came off. If your door has been catching anywhere on the frame that probably led to this so you'll want to fix that too. Otherwise it'll happen again.

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you can tell if the door screws are loose by opening door and taking a hold of the handle and lift up on handle with door open. the door will shimmy up and down if the screws are loose. I've seen door screws loose and the door settles and rubs the threshold while the structure settles too at the handle side so after lifting door back up with screws in the top hinge the top of door then hits the jamb at top because of the settling. the door then needs to be cut at the top.
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Try a five inch ledger lock! Ron


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