How to Prevent Butt Hinges from Stripping the Wall

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Butt hinges are hinges that comprise of two plates that are attached to the door’s abutting surfaces and door jamb. These two plates are joined together by a pin. They are in contact with each other when the door is shut. At times when a butt hinge is being fitted, too much wood may end up being removed from the frame of the door.

This prevents the hinge from holding the door correctly. If the butt hinge is not holding the door correctly, it can pull more weight on the door making it heavy. The strain on the butt hinge causes the wall to possibly strip. It also loosens any existing screws causing the screw holes to be larger and not hold screws securely. To avoid this problem, you can tighten any screws that may be loose on the butt hinge as soon as you notice them. If you are not able to tighten them, you can take the steps below to help tighten them before any damage is done. The tools needed are listed below.

Try to Tighten Loose Screws

If you happen to notice that there are any loose screws on the butt hinge, tighten them immediately. If the screws are not tightened, the movement of the screws will cause the hole to start stripping. This can also make the door bind and mess up the door frame’s edge or finishing.

Mend the Stripped Wall Holes

If the screw does not tighten when you turn it, then this is an indication that the hole is already stripped. The interior doors are usually lightweight and the stripped area can be repaired with a quick fix. In order to get the weight of the door from the hinge, open the door wide and put something underneath it to hold it open. You can then take the screwdriver and remove all of the screws from that particular hinge leaf. The screw holes should be big enough for a small wooden match to fit in. Dip one or two matches in the glue, and stick them into the stripped nail hole. Screw the butt hinge back in place. The glue that was inserted should fill in the nail hole enough to hold the screw in place.

Plug the Stripped Wall Hole

If the above step doesn't work, you can always plug the hole with the glue using the matches or a piece of shaved wood. Next, reinstall the butt hinge without using the hole that you plugged. Once the plug filling has dried, you can drill a hole in it for the screw. Another option will be to use a screw that is a little bit larger than the one you removed.