I can not really afford to replace the patio door, it is about twenty years
old..one of the screws on the door handle will not tighten down after many
years of usage....anyway, someone suggested I just use glue, not sure that
is a good idea.....can someone advise me on what to do, it is a glass and
metal door that goes out and on the patio in the backyard....tnx...Gary
Usually the handles are an add on item. The door only has holes drilled or
cut into the frame. The threads are part of the handle assembly. They sell
new ones at Lowes and Home Depot for less than $20.
Alternately you might be able to retap the threads to one size larger screw.
Maybe even add a portion of a plastic plug to the hole to tighten up as temp
<< one of the screws on the door handle will not tighten down after many years
of usage. >>
A permanent thread repair can be done with HeliCoils. These are widely
available in SAE, metric and NC thread sizes. The complete kits are quite
reasonable, maybe $8 or so for smaller popular sizes. They may be a bit
intimidating for the first timer, so following instructions precisely is a
must, and having a knowledgable friend to help is a plus. The repaired threads
are much stronger than the original. HTH
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