How to Fix a Loose Hinge
Have you ever had a door that was wobbly on its hinges? Sometimes the door has just worn out over time, or sometimes, if you're like me, your son has used the door to swing on like playground equipment. If so, you may have thought you were in for an expensive repair. Follow these easy steps to have the door operational in minutes.
Step 1: Take out the screws on the effected hinge. Most modern hinges are phillips screws, but some of the older versions may be slotted. The first tool every homeowner (or apartment dweller) should have is a multi bit screwdriver like the one shown below.
Step 2: Check to see which screw holes are "loose". Often the screws have been pulled out of the wood and left a larger hole than before.
Step 3: Take a common wooden match stick (like the ones shown below). Snap the match head off and insert one or two into the screw hole.
Step 4: Screw the hinge back into the door jam using original screws (if possible). If not, check around the house. Most people have a few odds and ends lying around that will suit the purpose.
Step 5: Check the hinge. If it is still loose, repeat 3 and 4.
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