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Hollow closet door

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by happy seal, Dec 22, 2012.

  1. happy seal

    happy seal

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    Hey guys,

    I have cheap closet doors. The hinge screws on the bottom of the door are stripped out and the door is hollow so there is nothing in there to even go bigger with. Is there something I can fill the bottom of the door with that turns hard so I can screw new screws in it? Like a foam that turns hard or what else do I do??????

    Thanks! :wavey:
     
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  5. michael e

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    Not sure about a foam or anything, but they used to have replacement doors at lowes/home depot for 20 or so dollars.
     
  6. deputy tom

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    Plastic anchors that you use for drywall.tom.
     
  7. RonS

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    Drill the holes out and glue in wood dowels, you will probably need a spade bit, forstner bit or a drill with a turned down shank to get something large enough to hold. I would look for 1/2" or larger, that will give you enough surface area to take the torque of the screws being driven in. I assume that there is a block of solid wood that they were screwed into originally and that the screw threads stripped out? I would use TiteBond wood glue or Gorilla Glue. If you use GG, read the instructions, it can be a little tricky.
     
  8. happy seal

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    There would be no way to glue dowels in place , the door is hollow inside. I like the $20 door idea or the putty. Thanks for your input though. I'm terrible at wood working.
     
  9. mcaz

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    RonS's advice is your best bet for an easy fix. Although the door is hollow, there is a small wood frame around the entire door. It's more than enough to accept a dowel.

    Hanging a new door can be very tricky.
     
  10. John43

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    Put a wood matchstick in the hole and put the screw back in.
     
  11. dango

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    Gorilla glue ! This stuff swells as it dries and it dries pretty tough. Shoot some into the door where existing holes are , generously coat hardware with glue and shove back into stripped holes. The trick is to set door in a way that glue does not run out of area like level so most of glue remains around stripped out
    area !

    You must clamp or weight hard ware because the glue does swell and will tend to push hardware back out of holes ! Simple pipe clamps will do the trick but do a dry run first to make sure everything is positioned right and you have what you need.

    To avoid gluing anything you don't want bonded , (like clamp to door) use waxed paper between glue and anything you don't want glue ! Sand off any access and there will be some,(it swells) and back in business ! This stuff IS VERY TUFF so use common sense and WAXED PAPER and be careful , they don't call it GORILLA GLUE for nothing !
     
  12. CaptCave

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    Please don't use the gorilla crap.

    Plain old wood glue and a box of toothpicks will do what you want.

    Dip picks in glue, stick in hole, repeat till you can no long stuff picks in hole. Allow glue to dry. Insert screw.
    The toothpicks and glue, when dried, basically filling the void allowing the screw to grab and hold.


    Please don't use gorilla crap anywhere if you don't want it to swell. It usually ends up pushing the pieces you are trying to glue apart a little.

    If you are talking about bi-fold doors, you might have to try to pull the frame apart and replace the entire bottom rail if you can't fix it with either a dowel or repairing the hole with toothpicks or such.
     
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    So, are you not happy, seal?
     
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    ^This.
     
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    Just curious, what were the original screws screwed into?
     
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    Get the big silver colored ones. They hold an amazing amount of weight.
     
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    Wax paper......
    Genius, that is always my problem with GG, my clamp gets glued to whatever I am clamping.

    Great tip!!!!!!!
     
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    Usually plastic anchors need something almost as thick as them to get a good hold since they hold by expanding(like drywall, not thin wood). When I have to install something when any type of anchors won't work I use toggle bolts. A small toggle bolt may work in your case
     
  19. happy seal

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    Oh I'm fine, takes more than a door to razzle my whiskers! :wavey:
     
  20. happy seal

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    Just the very outer skin of the door. A real POS if you ask me!