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How to repair loose hinges


When cabinet doors donít hang straight or open smoothly, tighten the screws on the hinges. If the screw holes are worn

and the wood wonít hold the screws tight, you can make the following simple repair.

1. Remove the cabinet door by unscrewing the hinges from the door.

2. Unscrew the hinges from the face frame.

3. Find a wooden dowel with the same diameter as the screw holeóa golf tee often works. I also have used a toothpick. Especially for smaller screw holes, a tooth pick will provide just enough grasp to hold the hinge in place.

4. Coat the end of the dowel, golf tee, or toothpick with wood glue and insert it into the hole.

5. Reattach the hinge and door.

TIP:
You can make the same repair to the screw holes in the door, but take care not to drill through the door.
 

 

 

 

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