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How to repair stripped screw holes for a door hinge.

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I am the father of 2 young kids, henceforth known as "Monkey Boy" and "Disaster Girl." As they break stuff around the house, I try to fix it. 

This is how I fixed my bathroom door.  

One day, Monkey Boy decided to swing with his full weight, hanging from the door handle of the bathroom door.  Not surprisingly, the screws holding the hinge to the 30-year old bathroom door decided that they'd had enough, and gave up.  The screws pulled out of the door and the holes were permanently stripped.  

Like most ordinary folks, we enjoy privacy during bathroom time, so I needed to fix it.

I had tried the toothpick and glue method shown here in the past on another door in the house when something similar happened involving a gaggle of giggling teenagers.  It did not work well for me, so I decided to try a more robust method.  

I'll be drilling out the stripped holes and gluing in dowels to fill the holes.
 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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You'll need:

A drill
A wooden dowel (I used a 4ft long 3/8" poplar dowel - $0.84 at a local store)
A saw of some kind if you need to cut your dowel
A 3/8" drill bit (I used a Forstner bit)
Wood glue
Shop brush
A smaller drill bit (to drill new pilot holes after you've patched the old holes)
A screwdriver

The dowel I bought was 48" long, so I cut off three pieces that were around 1.5" long.  I didn't measure, and used a little hand coping saw to cut them to size.  I had some 80 grit sandpaper nearby so I used that to smooth and square off the rough looking cuts I made.  

Step 2: Drill out the old holes.

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Using your 3/8" drill bit, drill out the old screw holes.
artworker8 months ago
Master stroke! Perfect by the book instructable!
fredfx11 days ago

I just did this and it was super easy.
Way to go! Perfect intractable.....

Our house was built in 1913 and there are a TON of hinged windows......I can see more of this in my future!

YOU ROCK!

fredfx18 days ago

You rock. This is a great idea. I'm all over it!

MorNuN3 months ago
this is a great ible, a brilliant idea! but may I ask why wouldn't you use some longer screws?
it seems to me that they would hold longer and don't strip so easily.
pfred28 months ago
People usually make a fuss over gluing wood cross grain. I'm also not usually a fan of putting fasteners into end grain myself. But your method seems sound enough to me.
TANZMEISTER8 months ago
Great Ible, One suggestion though, rather than trying to hold the door up, or have someone else try to hold it. Hardware stores sell packs of wood shims for dirt cheap just for this purpose.
ardnon8 months ago
Nicely done. Great illustration of this technique that works in lots of situations.
Tom merritt8 months ago
Nice idea. I've used cheapo chopsticks left over from chinese take out with good results.
jshroyer8 months ago
Nice work.
aaahotdog8 months ago
I have used toothpicks with poor results, various rock hard fillers with mixed results, will have to try this. Thanks for sharing.
neo716658 months ago
Wooden golf tees fit in most striped door hinge holes without having to drill them out bigger.
Ranie-K neo716658 months ago
Yeah -I do the same with wooden matches.
djscott798 months ago
wonderful idea I'll remember this in years to come when my doors fall off I caught my 4yo swinging in her door handle th other day and I remember doing the same thing when I was young so it gonna happen lol I'm guessing the same can be done on the door frame side of things, when I last took my doors off to paint I'm sure there were a few screws that went in but didn't tighten up
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