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  • How to repair stripped screw holes for a door hinge.

    Yes, using a length of dowel is the best method. In fact the dowel method and wood glue is stronger than the original hole. Most doors are made of pine which is soft and does not hold screws well or for long. Particle board is used in hollow core doors and its holding ability is limited too. After drilling a hole to accommodate the dowel and applying glue to both the hole and the dowel use another dowel of a larger diameter to "set" the smaller dowel into the hole. This method puts the top of the dowel flush with the surface of the hinge mortise. I use oak dowels apposed to pine. Oak being an open grain wood and a hard wood, tends to hold threads better. If you have a centering hinge drill use the hinge as a template and the finish repair will be better than new and last for y...see more »Yes, using a length of dowel is the best method. In fact the dowel method and wood glue is stronger than the original hole. Most doors are made of pine which is soft and does not hold screws well or for long. Particle board is used in hollow core doors and its holding ability is limited too. After drilling a hole to accommodate the dowel and applying glue to both the hole and the dowel use another dowel of a larger diameter to "set" the smaller dowel into the hole. This method puts the top of the dowel flush with the surface of the hinge mortise. I use oak dowels apposed to pine. Oak being an open grain wood and a hard wood, tends to hold threads better. If you have a centering hinge drill use the hinge as a template and the finish repair will be better than new and last for years. Another hint is to use a long screw in one of the holes in the top most hinge long enough to penetrate the stud. After time the weight of the door will pull on the hinge and cause the door not to hang straight. This long screw transfers more holding power to the stud and puts less stress on the jamb itself.

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