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Another possibility would be to temporarily take out the hinge pins and separate the door from the hinges. Then put the loose screws back in with a powerful epoxy like JB Weld, with or without filler. Once that cures, reinstall the door. Those screws will never come out again except with a jack hammer.
Thanks for posting that one- that's exactly what I've done in the past to repair hinge issues, with the exception that instead of cutting wood bits off of scrap wood, I've used the flat-style toothpicks (they don't work very well for their intended use, so why not?) This technique also works well for wooden knobs on dressers, which my little darlings seem intent on stripping out for good! ;)
My Dad always used wooden golf tees for this repair. They work really well and you can skip the step that requires cutting a piece of triangular shaped wood.
Thats a good idea "Repair Guy" . . . . but from a "Fix-it" MoM, I have been fixing loose screws with match sticks and toothpicks for years! Putting a knife to wood is not a good idea for me! Would cost me way to much in Band-aids and trips to the Dr's office! But my husband thinks your way is great - must be a guy thing! Thanks
It never hurts to add a few drops of glue to whatever wooden fillers you use to close the screw hole. Let the glue set up before drilling a new pilot hole.
If that doesn't work, relocate the bad hinge. There's plenty of room on the jamb to do that. It's not really that hard to do either. And -- nobody except a carpenter will ever notice.
50 years in the trade have taught me a few things.
You can also use tooth picks to fix a loose hinge. Fill the hole with wood tooth picks, then cut or break them off to fit the hole. It works very well, good luck.
Go to hardware store buy a dowel rod to fit the hole. Push rod in the hole then break off clean at the hole entrance put screw back in for a tight fit. This way there is no danger of cutting yourself.
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