Asked on Nov 28, 2014

Hinge screws pulled out of hollow core door

Cindy R
by Cindy R
My house was built around 1960. The doors are the original doors. The upper hinge screws pulled out and will not stay in now. Is there a way to fix this without having to replace the door?
  8 answers
  • Z Z on Nov 28, 2014
    Yes, there is Cindy. I'd remove the doors completely that this happened to. Fill all the holes, even those that are fine now, with a good quality wood filler. Check with your local hardware store for one that's drillable. Dap Plastic Wood is one that I know of, but there are others. I'd wait at least 24 hours. Then place the hinges in place to mark for drilling. Drill holes slightly smaller than your screws, then screw back in place and you'll be set for another fifty some years.
  • Teri Mauerman Shehorn Teri Mauerman Shehorn on Nov 28, 2014
    I'd take the hinge to your local home improvement store. Some hinges have 4 holes, which would solve your problems as long as the hinge isn't taller than your current hinge, which would mean that you would need to chisle out more wood above or below its current location and if you had to do that you might as well just chisle more out and reuse the orginial hinge. I'm not sure how a tiny bit of wood filler would give enough strenth esp to a top hinge. Good luck!
  • Cindy R Cindy R on Nov 28, 2014
    Thank you Becky & Teri. I will go to my store tomorrow.
    • Z Z on Nov 28, 2014
      @You're welcome Cindy.With the right wood filler this will work.
  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Nov 28, 2014
    I have a simpler solution.Take a toothpick,squeeze some wood glue or Elmer's white glue on half of one end of toothpick,then shove it into the enlarged hole until you cannot push it in any further.Then snap off the extra part of the toothpick.I then take my hammer or mallet and gently tap the toothpick in alittle more to really tighten it into place,allow time for glue to dry.Then rescrew screw back into original great every time.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Nov 29, 2014
    Either Becky's or Funnygirl's suggestion will work.
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  • Adrianne C Adrianne C on Nov 30, 2014
    Gorilla glue and wooden match sticks. It won't come out again. Use that all the time.
  • V Smith V Smith on Apr 18, 2018

    Drive a wooden golf tee into each hole, cut off excess, predrill screw holes. Reattach hinges.