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Old 05-30-2010, 03:39 PM   #1
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I have metal storm doors on my house that are over 20 years old. In some of the doors, the sheet metal screws that hold the top hinges will still screw into the door but will not pull down tight anymore. The screws are the largest that Home Depot carries. Is there some trick that I can use to cause these screws to pull down tight?

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Hi and welcome to the forum.

Yes there is a way to do this, many in fact, here's one possibility. Use JBWeld steel filler and mix the 2 parts together, then stuff as much as you can in the holes. When dry, gently screw in the screws to rethread the epoxy. Then mix more JB and use it to glue the hinge to the door as well as you mount them again. There are other ways to tackle this as well.

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I have metal storm doors on my house that are over 20 years old. In some of the doors, the sheet metal screws that hold the top hinges will still screw into the door but will not pull down tight anymore. The screws are the largest that Home Depot carries. Is there some trick that I can use to cause these screws to pull down tight?

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I dont know if this works for metal but when a screw going into wood is stripped i make some thin splinters with a shake shingle and pack the hole with it then the screw has something to bite to (toothpicks also work) good luck
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Maybe move to a new spot in the sheetmetal and bite into fresh metal?
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