How to Repair a Door Hinge

You get up startled one day because you realized that you woke up late and that you have to get to work as soon as possible. You had your coffee, brushed your teeth, and took your bath all in a rush when all of a sudden; you hurriedly opened your closet doors. And you didn’t just open them, but you took out your entire closet door coz of a loose hinge! Now, how do we avoid these kinds of situations?


How do we properly fix our door hinge?
Door hinges may run loose over time and continuous use. If you thought that you can just tighten the screw, then what if the screw will not tighten? But instead the hole is stripped and it’s now too large, requiring you plug and drill it again. A drill or power screwdriver with screwdriver bits can be used to remove and tighten screws. You can also use a reliable flat head or Phillips head screwdriver depending on the type of screws. Now, if you have gathered everything around you, let me give you some steps on how to properly repair your door hinge.

• Remove door from hinges
Using a screwdriver or drill with screwdriver bits, remove the door from its hinges. Then remove the hinge that is loose from the cabinet frame. The screws can be reused and they can all be matched as well, so don’t discard them.

• Use glue as an adhesive
With a hacksaw, cut a piece of dowel to the length of the screw. Add wood glue to the tip and sides of the dowel and tap it into the hole with a hammer. Wipe off any excess glue with a rag, and trim the plug flush with a wood chisel.

• Remount the cabinet door
Allow the glue to dry. Use the hinge leaf as a guide and drill new pilot holes for the screws. Replace hinges with old screws to cabinet frame and remount your cabinet door.

• Check
Close the cabinet door and observe if it is properly aligned with the cabinet. If it looks uneven, slightly loosen the screws, shift the door, and retighten the screws.

Now that your cabinet or closet is already fixed, opening your closet door even in a rush won’t be a big problem for you anymore. But still, even if it is already fixed, just properly open your closet door next time so it would take a long time for it to loosen once again. But before it does and you know that it would need another repair, do it as soon as possible so you won’t have any problems in the near future.