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Tightening Loose Hinges

Loose hinges can cause a host of problems including sticking doors or scraping the floor. The first thing to check is that the hinge screws are tight. If the hinge screws have been loose for only a short period of time, you may be able to tighten them with a screwdriver. If the hinges have been loose for a ling time, the holes become so large that the screws can't stay tight.

Follow these instructions to repair enlarged screw holes.
  1. Remove the loose screws.

  2. Dip the bare end of wooden match in some carpenters glue and tap it with a hammer as far into the screw holes as it will go.

  3. Break or cut off the matches flush with the hinge plates and discard the heads.

  4. After you've filled the void in the screw into the hole with a screwdriver.

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