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My kids playroom door got beat up, and we managed to pull the screws out of the jamb. Tips to fix it? I've heard drill out + dowel + redrill, anything else?enter image description here

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    pound a glue-laden golf tee into the hole and re-drill. – dandavis Jul 19 '18 at 16:00
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In order of my personal preference:

Option 1: Go Go Gadget Screws
Get longer screws that reach the framing. Don't run them in so tight as to pull the jamb out of position. All-thread screws might bite into the jamb somewhat to prevent movement.

Option 2: A Square Peg in a Round Hole
Fill the holes with wood glue and tap in wood "dowels" shaved from a scrap block. They don't need to be perfectly round but should fit snugly. Let it dry well and re-drill with a 1/8" bit.

Option 3: Bulk Up for Success
Procure screws with the same head size but a larger shank. They're somewhat specialty, so try an old-school hardware store rather than a home improvement box.

Option 4: See You on the Flipside
Drill and countersink the hinge holes in an opposing stagger pattern. Pilot with 1/8" bit.

  • +1 esp. for not tightening longer screws too much – mike65535 Jul 18 '18 at 21:20
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    Option 2 - matchsticks with no heads work fine, as do unused splints for lighting pipes, or even unused iceblock sticks trimmed. – Criggie Jul 19 '18 at 2:12
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    The reason you'd pilot into the framing is mostly to keep the screw from glancing off the face of the stud--the outer screw(s) tend to be close to the edge. It's not necessary, though, since it's softwood and isn't visible. – isherwood Jul 19 '18 at 2:42
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    Or Option 5: Use the existing screws/holes and pack with rawlplugs, although you might need to make the existing holes a little bigger. – Snow Jul 19 '18 at 6:21
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    Plastic plugs are an interesting idea, but I'm not sure I'd consider them sticky enough for a high load dynamic applications such as this. The polyethylene might have a tendency to shift. – isherwood Jul 19 '18 at 12:34
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Fill the holes with wooden toothpicks. The screws will bite into them.

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    a bit of glue on them helps them stay in. – gbronner Jul 25 '18 at 3:07
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Plastic rawplugs will do a good job, can always put some adhesive in the hole first

  • What adhesive do you recommend for polyethylene? – isherwood Jul 24 '18 at 20:09
  • Thanks. I already tried the long screws. +1 though – Rich Homolka Jul 24 '18 at 21:51

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