Do you have a door in your home or apartment that’s hanging, or won’t close properly because there is a crack in the frame or door that prevents you from tightening the screws? If so, I am going to tell you how to repair this common problem in under five minutes, and you will be able to start as soon as you finish reading this article. It won’t cost you any money and you don’t even have to take the door down. You should already have the basic tools that you will need to perform this job in your home. Protective eye wear, a phillips head screwdriver, a hammer and a couple of sharpened #2 pencils or harder. First, support the door’s weight and remove the screws, sometimes placing a book under the door will serve as a partner. You only need to remove the screws from the side that has the crack, if the pencil is long break it in half, you will only need about three inches. If your crack is small, splinter the pencil.
Next, stick the pencil or splinter into the crack as if it were a nail, do not hold the pencil or splinter with you fingers. Hammer as much of the pencil or splinter into the crack as possible, your first hit should be hard, you want to force as much of the wood into the crack as you can. This is the new wood that will hold the screws and support the door. And last, put the hinge or door back into position and screw the screws in snug, but don’t tighten them yet. Support the door’s weight and then tighten the screws. That’s it, this will work on the heaviest doors. It will even work on cabinet doors and shutters, but If you use this technique on cabinet doors or shutters, remove them first. This will work on anything made of wood that is secured with a wood screw. This technique will also work to tighten things that have come loose from sheet-rock, like loose curtain brackets, shower rods and towel racks. Be very careful when hammering these, as sheet rock and tile is much more delicate. And remember, safety first.