Repair a broken-out hinge
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Photo 1: Prep the damaged area
Chisel out the damaged wood
and enlarge the area slightly to give
the adhesive more area to grip.
Remove all loose chips and blow off
any remaining dust.
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Photo 2: Fill the void with glue
Squeeze in enough glue to fill the
broken-out screw holes and coat the
cup area. Then press the cup into the
opening until the glue oozes out. Drop
the screws into the hinge holes and
tighten the ones that still have some
wood to bite into.
It doesn't take much of a blow to break
hinge screws out of a particleboard door.
If the screws just stripped and pulled
out cleanly, you could fill the hole with
toothpicks and wood glue, then reinstall
the screws. But if the surrounding particleboard
has broken away, it's quicker
to fill the void with gap-filling glue
(Loctite Go2 Glue is one choice, and is available through our affiliation with Amazon.com).
Start by removing the hinge and preparing
the damaged area (Photo 1).
Apply petroleum jelly to the movable
portions of the hinge to protect them
from the glue. Then scuff the cup portion
of the hinge with sandpaper
where it will contact the adhesive. If
you're using polyurethane adhesive,
dampen the hinge with water to activate
the glue. Apply glue to the damaged
area and immediately install the
hinge and screws (Photo 2). Secure the
hinge with weights or clamps until the
glue dries. Then reinstall the door.