How to do-it-yourself instructional on repairing a door with a loose hinge. Includes removal, planing and reinstallation of a door and restoring stripped out screw holes.
Today on Repairs101 Iím going to show you a really common problem Ė and thatís a door that has a loose hinge. Iíll show you the most common cause of it and what you can do about it.
Alright so itís fairly obvious to me that the cause of the problem is this carpet here.
Well I could take the easy way out, thatís for sure, and just get rid of the carpet and tighten up those screws and itíll be fine. Right? But you know I want to take the door off the hinges and plane the bottom, donít you?
So what Iíll do is: Iíll show you how to take the door off the hinges and put it down. Plane between an eighth and a sixteenth of an inch off the bottom and weíll put it back up and see if it doesnít clear our carpet.
So something simple that you need to know about removing a door is close the door and start here at the bottom. Take out the bottom pin first and then go to the top and remove that so that youíre standing. ĎCause if the door starts to come down on you, you donít want to be down here underneath you want to be standing up where you can catch it easily.

Removing a door's hinge pin with a punch and hammer

There we go. We just want to get under the cap of the hinge pin and tap it and tap it and tap it. OK and thatís all there is to removing a hinge pin, very simple.
Now you definitely want to use a proper punch to do this. This oneís one of my favourites, itís got a nice rubber coating on it for shock absorbing.  If you donít if you canít find a punch then a cold chisel is also great for the job OK.
 
                                             
 
OK now so if you donít have a punch to hit this with you might just try taking the ball-peen or even the flat end of your hammer and try just working it up. You see that, it jumped. There we go and out it comes. OK.
Never ever, ever use a hammer on the end of your screwdriver. If you hit this with a hammer it could shatter and the shrapnel could go everywhere including into your eyes, leaving you in a lot of trouble. So, and of course you void the warranty if your tools are warranted you donít want to do anything thatís going to void the warranty. You know itís worth it to spend the extra couple of dollars to get something thatís designed to be hit with a hammer like a punch or, say, a cold chisel.
Now you see the reason I say do this with the door closed Ė Iíve got both the hinge pins right here and the door, as you can see, is holding itself in place. So the hinge halves are simply balancing still, one on top of the other, and itís all being held in place by the door inside the door jamb and even the latch from the doorknob is adding support on this side keeping it from falling and dropping off.
There you go, how easy is that?

Record Marples No.04 Bench Plane - product / beauty shot

If youíve got a nice big workbench to put it up on thatís great otherwise maybe some saw horses are whatís best for you. Folding saw horse or one that you make yourself Ė anything like that will be good. Iím just going to throw it up here on the kitchen counter.
 
                                                                         
 
There, Iíll bet you didnít see that coming.
OK so hereís a great trick I learned a long time ago. Say youíve got a problem like this where youíve got a screw that just turns and turns and turns and turns so the hole is stripped. One thing you can do is just upgrade to an oversize screw OK.
If youíve got a stripped out hole like this one you can remove the screw and take an ordinary toothpick like Iíve got here and just shove it in. Break the end of it off and then put your screw in beside it. The piece of wood that your toothpick provides gets jammed right in there really nice and tight and provides for a really solid anchor.  And as you can see now that isnít going to spin anymore.
You take a wooden toothpick Ė or perhaps two, if you have a lot of space. Break it off in the hole, just tuck it in like that, break it off into the hole and then take your screw and put it in alongside of that piece of wood and when you do you find that it bites right in and provides for a really nice solid Ė oh, look at that Ė arrrgh Ė a really nice solid bite on the wall now. So behaving as though it is part of the structure and itís holding it all in there by means of compression.


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