Fixing Loose Door Hinges

Category Doors
Hinges on doors can become loose over time. Repairing them when needed will ensure they work properly over the long term.


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No, I am not talking about mine. I am talking about your doors and how to fix them.

Doors that now hit the door jam when you close them, or flop around at the hinge, are normally caused by our dear children hanging and swinging on door knobs or by piles of clothing by the wall or behind the door. When they open the door and push it against the clothes the door acts like a teeter-tooter and pulls the bottom hinge and screws out of the door jam. Replacing the screws with longer ones only work if they can grab the board behind the door jam. Often screw holes are to close to the edge of the door jam and longer screws only go into the dry wall next to the door. The board behind the door jam is narrower than the jam so the dry wall can butt up close to the jam and piece of trim that covers this.


Filling the screw holes with wood putty is not recommended. This not strong enough! For the best and fastest fix I recommend cutting large slivers off the corner end of a pine board. A scrap piece of 2X4 works well. A box cutter or sharp knife will do the job; Start your cut about an inch to an inch and a half from the end of the board, at a corner so you are cutting away from yourself, an angle cut slightly into the board so you will end up with a sliver that is large enough to fill the hole. The piece should be pointed at one end and triangular at the other, about 3/16 to 1/4 thick at the thickest part of your sliver.

Now just hammer this into the hole. Hammer it flush with the surface. If your sliver went into easy, just add another smaller one, if your sliver is to big just cut the excess off. Filling the hole tightly makes a good repair. Set your hinge into its slot and install your screw. If you have to drill a pilot hole use a drill bit no thicker that your screws body, the thickness of a screw with out the threads. Eye ball check here is fine if in doubt use a slightly smaller drill bit.

I have had this kind of repair last for years. Thanks for reading.

Leo the Repair Guy

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I had to replace a hinge and I was by myself. I had no one to hold the door for me, so I used a yoga block with some towels on it to let the door rest on it. Made the job easier.

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