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Advice for broken door hinge?

Calling EF'ers that have more DIY skill than I do (so everyone basically)...

The upper hinge (türband) of my bedroom door does no longer fit snugly into the hole, and the weight of the door pulls it out of the wall... damn thing nearly flattened me!

Do you guys know what typically would be a suggested fix here?

Secondly, would any general woodworker be able to fix this? When we renovated, we had one who installed cupboards and put up curtain racks, etc. My next step is to call him, but I don't want to waste each others time (and money).

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Old 10.02.2019, 11:08
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Re: Advice for broken door hinge?

a) Oversized and/or longer hinge.

b) Drill out hole and glue in dowel, and make new hole for hinge.

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Re: Advice for broken door hinge?

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a) Oversized and/or longer hinge.

b) Drill out hole and glue in dowel, and make new hole for hinge.

Thanks Tom.

a) So these hinges come in many diameters? I could just go to a DIY place and get one a millimeter wider? If so, that would be the easiest solution!

b) makes sense I suppose. I think I would get the handyman to do that though, to avoid a FUBAR.
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Re: Advice for broken door hinge?

If that pin has a regular woodscrew thread where it goes into the doorframe then:

Hold the pin so that it's in it's original position.
Carefully mark double crosshairs on the doorframe so you know where the hole should be.
Remove the doorpin.
Find a piece of hardwood dowel/rod about 15mm larger in diameter than the thread on the door pin, and a drill bit of the same size.
Drill the doorframe, at least as deep as the thread on the pin.
Using a saw, make some helical cuts in the outside diameter of the dowel (to give some space for the glue).
Trim the end of the dowel to match the angle on the end of the drill bit.
Cut your dowel 1cm longer than it needs to be.
Blow any dust out of the hole.
Coat the hole and the dowel with glue (I prefer PU glues).
Pound the dowel into the hole until it's only sticking out by 1cm.
Wait for the glue to dry.
Trim the protruding bit of dowel flush.
Mark the center of where the pilot hole needs to be, using the lines you made at the start.
Pilot drill the dowel with the appropriate sized drill for the hingepin (i.e. just under the minor dia. of the threads).
Sand, fill, paint the repaired area.
Thread the pin back in.
Hang the door.
Have a beer.

(If the doorframe has a metal threaded insert in it then the procedure is roughly the same, but the dowel will be larger diameter.)
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Re: Advice for broken door hinge?

Thanks... as that is not fully understandable to me, I think again that would be a job for a woodworker! The hinge has no thread, it is about 5cm long, it has two small hollows going through it.

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If that pin has a regular woodscrew thread where it goes into the doorframe then:

Hold the pin so that it's in it's original position.
Carefully mark double crosshairs on the doorframe so you know where the hole should be.
Remove the doorpin.
Find a piece of hardwood dowel/rod about 15mm larger in diameter than the thread on the door pin, and a drill bit of the same size.
Drill the doorframe, at least as deep as the thread on the pin.
Using a saw, make some helical cuts in the outside diameter of the dowel (to give some space for the glue).
Trim the end of the dowel to match the angle on the end of the drill bit.
Cut your dowel 1cm longer than it needs to be.
Blow any dust out of the hole.
Coat the hole and the dowel with glue (I prefer PU glues).
Pound the dowel into the hole until it's only sticking out by 1cm.
Wait for the glue to dry.
Trim the protruding bit of dowel flush.
Mark the center of where the pilot hole needs to be, using the lines you made at the start.
Pilot drill the dowel with the appropriate sized drill for the hingepin (i.e. just under the minor dia. of the threads).
Sand, fill, paint the repaired area.
Thread the pin back in.
Hang the door.
Have a beer.

(If the doorframe has a metal threaded insert in it then the procedure is roughly the same, but the dowel will be larger diameter.)
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Thanks... as that is not fully understandable to me, I think again that would be a job for a woodworker! The hinge has no thread, it is about 5cm long, it has two small hollows going through it.
Mine is just the pedantic version of what Tom wrote.

I'm not sure what you mean by "two small hollows", can you post a picture?
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Mine is just the pedantic version of what Tom wrote.

I'm not sure what you mean by "two small hollows", can you post a picture?
Here is a picture...
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Here is a picture...
That should be retained by screws.

Are they missing?

Mine are all threaded.

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Re: Advice for broken door hinge?

Rather than replacing the hinge, you could try just using a filler/glue with the door attached and open, but the weight of the door taken by jamming some cardboard wedges under it. This should ensure that the hinge is correctly aligned. The frame will have to be solid enough for the glue to grip.
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Rather than replacing the hinge, you could try just using a filler/glue with the door attached and open, but the weight of the door taken by jamming some cardboard wedges under it. This should ensure that the hinge is correctly aligned. The frame will have to be solid enough for the glue to grip.
Do you mean, put some glue in the hole, and coat the hinge in the picture above, then put it in, and then attach the door with the wedges underneath.

1. If thats right, why attach the door, why not put the hinge in let it set without the door? So that I know it sets in the correct position I suppose?

2. Not sure if I should try this versus the other methods? It does mean that the hinge will have no play, but I don't suppose that matters?
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