Repairing a Screen Door?

September 29, 2008

Screen DoorI have a screen door, but the screws holding the closer keep pulling out from the aluminum post because it's hollow. I tried larger screws but they eventually pulled out also. How do I fix it?


rslaxer1 from Boca Raton, FL


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September 29, 20080 found this helpful

I think my husband uses JBWeld for this.

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September 29, 20080 found this helpful

Have you tried that 2 part epoxy putty? They sell it at Home Depot, as well as auto part stores but Big Lots has it for half the price. You may have seen an infomercial on TV for a brand of it.

* I think it's the same thing as JB weld?

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September 29, 20080 found this helpful

I use golf tee's and wood glue. Put glue on the sharp end, insert into the hole till it stops. Let the glue set up, then cut the tee off at the frame. Set the door and rescrew the hinge.

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By Tomatohanger (Guest Post)
September 30, 20080 found this helpful

Drill a hole all the way through the door where the screw(s) tore out. Choose a bit the same size as the hole(s) in the closer bracket. Buy a machine screw slightly smaller diameter than the hole and the proper length to reach through the door with room left over for a nut.


I was a carpenter for 50 years. I have found that about 99 out of 100 people will never ever notice your closer is different than any other.

If the hinge screws tear out you have a major problem!

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October 2, 20080 found this helpful

Try using plastic wall anchors. They come in various sizes - put a wall anchor in each hole then screw the screw in. You will need to match the screw size to the correct wall anchor size and the size hole in the frame. This should hold it as the screw forces the ends of the wall anchor to flair out to hold it in. I've fixed the metal strips that hold the condiments in my refrigerator doors using this same method :)

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October 8, 2008

The screen on my front porch door is tearing where it is attached to the door frame, how can that be fixed?

Shelly from Evansville, IN


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October 10, 20080 found this helpful

Most screens are held in place by a rubber type"cord". Pull it out and screen is cheap. Just buy a piece bigger than the hole and replace the cord with a pizza cutter or dull knife.


Then cut off the excess screen.

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