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How to fix a broken door hinge

The weight of your door can start to pull screws out over time and cause the hinges to become loose. Or, you might find the hinge pins have fallen onto the floor. If so, you’re probably wondering how to fix your broken door hinge.

You may need to replace the hinge pin, fill in a stripped screw hole or two, and add the hinges back on the door. If your door hinges have bent pin barrels or knuckles, they will also need to be replaced.

In this how-to guide, we’ll share how you can fix a broken door hinge to have it working like new again. We’ve used fixed pin hinges from the Pinnacle Hardware butt hinge range. A fixed pin can equally be used on internal or external doors as it provides extra security

Tools and materials you’ll need:

  • Safety glasses
  • Drill driver
  • 2mm bit
  • PH2 Phillips bit
  • 2 x 3mm spacer
  • 2 x sawhorse
  • Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Sandpaper (180 grit)
  • Pencil
  • Butt hinges (screws included)
  • Gap-filling glue or wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Toothpicks

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Step 1

Unscrew the hinges and remove the door from the doorway. You’ll need someone to hold the door up while the hinges are being removed and then help lay the door on your sawhorses.

Step 2

Once you’ve removed the hinges, throw them away and buy new ones from our butt hinges range.

Step 3

If you have stripped screws, you must remove them and fill in the holes with toothpicks and wood glue before putting the screws in again. But if there is damage to the door, it’s easier to fill the hole with gap-filling glue. First, use petroleum jelly to protect the door’s moving parts from being glued.

Step 4

Use sandpaper to add texture to the hinge where it will be glued.

Step 5

Add glue to the affected area and quickly install the hinges and screws before the glue dries.

Step 6

Clamp it all together while it dries.

Step 7

Use your windbags to prop up the door in the doorframe while affixing the hinges to the doorjamb.

Step 8

Admire your fresh new trendsetting hinges.

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