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Old 06-03-2010, 10:37 AM   #1
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Steel door with stripped screw holes

The hinges that are on the door not the frame have loose screws. Tried golf tees but the problem is this is a steel door so I am assuming that there is possibly wood inside it but I'm not sure. It's holding right now but I don't think it will last long, any other suggestions?


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Try steel blind (PoP) rivets.


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And there are other 'blind hole' fasteners, some of which present machine screw threads.
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Old 06-03-2010, 02:25 PM   #4
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Some "steel-clad" doors have wooden frames which would use typical wood screws, and some "steel-clad" doors have inserts which require machine thread screws. This is typically a 3/16" plate which is tapped for the screws. Which did yours have originally? IF wood type screws the golf tee trick should have worked. IF you have the insert with the machine screws you may have to use something like a "Heli-Coil" to repair the screw holes. I would check to see if it is a wooden framed door and the wood screw holes have just stripped out. IF SO, then I would drill out the holes to the next nominal dowel rod size, insert some dowel rod (at least 1"--1 1/2" long) coated with a good glue, allow to dry well and trim/sand smooth. Then start over with your wood screws using longer screws. As I said, if it has machine screws, it's another ball game but a do-able fix. Good Luck, David
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