How to Properly Fix That Loose Hinge


David Deem
714-997-3486



Let’s say you’re about to host an open house or potential buyers are scheduled to visit your for-sale home. You go to open a door to a closet or bedroom and you discover the door is loose, or even off a hinge.

Don’t despair, this is actually an easy fix that even the least handy of people can repair in just a few minutes, and here’s how to do it.

The Tools for the Job
All you need are a screwdriver (a powered screwdriver will make this chore a bit easier), screws, carpenter’s glue and wooden matches.

Remove the Screws
If just one hinge plate is loose, you may be able to make the repair without taking the door down. Having someone hold the door in place for you as you make the repair will be a big help. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws from their base. They may be so loose that you can just pull them out without a tool. Also, consider buying new screws, they’re not expensive at all. Be sure to buy wood screws.

Fill the Hole
Start by putting carpenter’s glue in the hole. Now here’s where the wooden matches are put to use. Cut the tips off the matches, the part you strike to light them, and put one match in each screw hole. Break off the parts of the matches that stick out of the hole so that they’re flat. If you don’t have wooden matches you can also use wooden toothpicks or a wood-filling product.

Put the Screws Back
Position the door hinge in the correct spot and use the screwdriver to secure the screws. When you’re done, tug on the hinge to make sure it’s secure. Then give it a final test by closing and opening the door to make sure it’s aligned.

And when people tour your home, they’ll have no idea there was ever a problem with that door.

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