Windows are just as important as any other part of your home. They require the same amount of maintenance, care and attention that your furniture, wall hangings, doors, door frames and any of your home décor items need. It is very important for you to know how your window works and whether the hinges are tight or if the screws need to replaced or if the holes are loose as such. A loose hinge can affect the structural integrity of the frame and the door.
If the door hinges aren’t tight and the screw holes are loose, it is important to know how to fix them. Of course, you can call a professional if you need to, but this doesn’t change the fact that you will need some basic preparedness. Think of it like knowing how to change your tires. You might not have, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. As an added incentive, working on DIY projects like these can be fun, will help pass the time and can also be a fun activity to work on with your roommates and family.
How do I find out if my screw holes are loose or if they are stripped?
Your first clue is usually the size of the screw hole. If your screw is not fitting in so snugly, you might know why your hinge is loose. If the screw hole is snug, the next thing you might want to check is whether you can tighten the screw. If the screw stays in the exact spot, without going deeper, it is probably because the frame is stripped.
How can this be fixed?
There are essentially two different ways of doing this. The first of them is filling the stripped holes with something so that you can create another layer for the screws to penetrate. This is the quicker and the easier of the two methods. While it may be quicker and easier, it is also a temporary solution that you might have to repeat or use as a place holder for until you do something that has a more permanent affect.
The second method is drilling holes in the wood frames and adding wooden dowels into them. While the principle of the first and second method is the same, the second method takes longer and is not as easy, but it is a more permanent solution.
This article will primarily focus on the first method and how it can be effectively performed. Read the instructions given below and carefully follow them.
Using the first method
You can use any of the following materials to create the second surface for your screws –
- Golf tees
- Cyanoacrylate glue
- Wood Anchors
If you have any of these items then you can follow the instructions given below. Amongst the probable items, golf tees work the best. This doesn’t mean that any of the other times will not work just as well, it’s just golf tees are more tried and tested.
Step 1 – Remove the screws which you find to be loose from the hinge.
Step 2 – Take a golf tee and immerse the tip of it into carpenter’s glue.
Step 3 – Push it into the screw hole and set it down with a small hammer.
Step 4 – A part of the golf tee will protrude out of the hole. This is an excessive unnecessary part of the tee and you can cut or snap it off.
Step 5 – Wait for the glue to dry and fasten the hinge back on by tightening the screws in through the holes.
Using toothpicks instead of golf tees
Now if you have decided to used toothpicks, the process is very similar to the ones with the golf tees, except for the fact that instead of one golf tee, you must use about three toothpicks. Using three toothpicks is a recommendation made after calculating averages, but you can use as many toothpicks as you want. Toothpicks are more useful for smaller holes, especially because drilling them can cause cracks and damage to the wood. For small windows and cabinet doors, toothpicks are perfect.
Using wood anchors instead of golf tees
You will have to follow the same process that you used for golf tees to use wood anchors as well. However, there are some specific things that you need to remember while using wood anchors. Make sure you buy cone-shaped one’s ad they fit perfectly with screw holes. Also make sure that you know buy wood anchors that match the diameter of the screw holes since they come in different shapes of sizes.
Plastic wood anchors work well because they don’t require any drilling to be attached to screw holes. The same cannot be said for metal anchors.
Using Cyanoacrylate glue instead of golf tees
The process for using cyanoacrylate glue is fundamentally different than that of golf tees. All you need to do, is remove the screws and squeeze some cyanoacrylate glue into the holes. Wait for about two and a half minutes and reattach the screw and drive it back in.
You must be careful with this kind of glue. It dries really fast and is very strong. In fact, when it dries it turns into a polymer-resin like substance. This glue is popularly known as super glue and is arguably the quickest fix amongst all.
Whiles these are all quick fixes, it is important not rely on them constantly. If the screws and the hinges of your windows are getting loose constantly despite these methods, you might want to look into the second method or call a professional. You can also try using a longer screw, which might solve your problem.
That being said, although the complexity of these quick fixes is fairly underwhelming it is pertinent, to firstly make sure that there is some form of diagrammatic representation for reference. You must also be careful because there is a small chance of incurring minor injuries if you aren’t paying enough attention. Cyanoacrylate glue for example can cause discomfort and irritation if you get your fingers stuck to something. Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. If you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional