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Old 07-28-2010, 02:34 PM   #1
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The hinges on my front door still have the factory 3/4" screws on it. I have read about replacing them with longer screws for added security.

Do you replace all screws (into frame and door) or just screws into door or just screws into frame, or a mix and match? There are a total of 5 screws into the door frame and 4 into the door on each hinge.

Also could I possibly run into a problem with tweaking the frame out of square if I install all these longer screws?

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It depends on the type of door, but usually replacing one or two screws in each hinge (into the frame) will acheive the results you are looking for.... and yes, screwing them in too tight will effect the operation of the door, so take care in this area.

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You could also replace the screws in the strike plates with longer screws. That's probably the area that most intruders would hit first. Unfortunately a 4' bar and a little ass behind it will gain entry into most houses. Locks are only to keep honest people out.
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With most exterior doors, the only screws worth replacing are the ones closest to the stop. The screws on the hinge closest to the interior will only catch the sheetrock or plaster. If you try installing them so they do catch the framing, the head will stand proud of the hinge plate and may effect the doors ability to close properly.
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Honestly, it doesn't really make a difference. It might mean the difference between taking one hit or two hits to take down the door. Either way, it's coming down.
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Honestly, it doesn't really make a difference. It might mean the difference between taking one hit or two hits to take down the door. Either way, it's coming down.
And if it doesn't come down, they'll use the cordless sawzall they stole from their last house to cut right thru your outside wall
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It is true that replacing the screws in hinges, will increase the security of a frame, but only partially. The primary benefit of installing 3 inch screws in a hinge (top hinge) is the attachment of the said hinge to the first stud. This will quite often realign a door and repair sagging, often the repair is permanent too.

A previous poster is correct too, that securing the hinge will often not prevent a door from being kicked in.

There is a product that is especially designed to prevent door kick ins. It is manufactured in North Carolina and is incredibly easy to install and sells for $100. It takes about a half hour to install.
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looks like a carbon copy of the patented Strikemaster II product. Strikemaster II is the original door frame strengthener and many copies are on the market.

In 5 years, the Strikemaster II has never failed. It sells for less than $100 and is available in some hardware stores like Lowes and Ace.

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And if it doesn't come down, they'll use the cordless sawzall they stole from their last house to cut right thru your outside wall
Not mine. But as usual, the window is the easiest vector (until I restore and re-hang the shutters.
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