I am trying to replace the hinges on my front door. They are 4-inch hinges.
Unfortunately, all 4-inch hinges at the hardware store have a different
screw-hole pattern than my old hinges. The holes overlap, but do not match,
the existing screw holes -- I am concerned that if I use a hinge with the
different hole pattern, it will strip the wood and hold badly.
I am a novice at home repairs, so I don't know if this is a valid concern.
Is it important to find hinges with the correct hole pattern? If so, where
should I look? I've already searched all the local hardware stores.
It is important to fill the old holes. Easier than drilling them out to
install dowels is to get a small dowel (like 3/16" or 1/4") and taper it
with a knife or pencil sharpener. Cut off to a manageable length, coat with
glue, drive snugly into the hole, and saw off flush.
Even filled in such a manner, that point in the jam is still going to be
weaker than good wood. For an exterior door, I'd fill the old holes, them
reloate the hinges slightly higher or lower to ensure good wood for the
screws. I guess one question is why are the hinges being replaced in the
first place? Old ones worn out? Just 'redecorating'?
Thanks for the advice, everyone. I think I know how to do it now: Use dowels
to reinforce the old holes, then mount the new hinges slightly higher or
lower than the old ones. Fortunately, I won't have to do that, though. I
contacted the company that made the original hinges and, through them, found
a hardware store 25 miles away that sold the exact hinges I need. They were
expensive, but they will save me a lot of work.
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.