Door Hinges / October 11, 2018 / Yvette Guerette
If you have a three hinge door you can easily undo a single hinge plate at a time. If you have doors with just two hinges youll need to place a wedge under the door to take the weight off the hinge before you loosen it. 2) Once the plate is removed dip a couple cardboard matches into wood or white glue and put them into the hole. Then tighten the hinge screws and they should hold. 3) If the thought of shoving matches into the holes doesnt work for you use a golf tee or a sliver of wood instead. Cover these with glue and reinstall the hinge. Dont put the screw in the repaired hole yet. Allow the glue to dry then cut off any excess wood and then drill a pilot hole into it.
You need to repeat this process a few times per year to ensure that everything is working properly. Start by checking for loose screws and change them where necessary. You can do this easily with a screwdriver. Sometimes we may also notice that the screws spin in place. This means that the screw holes are stripped and you will need to remove the screws. Simply dip a few matches inside the screw hole and the problem should now be gone. When dealing with creaks and squeaks you need to apply a couple of WD-40 squirts. Be sure to spray every joint so that it soaks in the middle.
Cabinet door hinges are one of the biggest afterthoughts in home design but they often get the biggest workout in the home. Nary an hour goes by that someone isnt opening a cabinet somewhere in the home whether its in the kitchen pantry bathroom or hallway. Most simply make do with the hinges that came with the cabinet. Only when they begin to squeak and sway in complaint about their endless exercise do we give thought to changing them. And only then do we only change the offending hinge that has failed to do its duty tightly and quietly. But changing out hinges can yield some exciting results in the home particularly when they are visible hinges.