Stop Stripping the Wall: 6 Tips for Installing Butt Hinges Correctly
If the hole is too large, you can also use an anchor screw or a fastener such as a toggle bolt or molly bolt to fit into the hole. Drill your new hole into the wall frame or doorjamb and insert the wired connector. Once you have placed the fastener inside the hole, tighten the nut or bolt, which will in turn tighten the fastener and the hinge in place.
To prevent future stripping of the wall, use long screws that fit the thickness of the wall frame and the holes of the hinge. When you are screwing in the screws make sure to have them slightly under the surface of the hinge. This way the screws won’t create pressure on the wall frame leading to it stripping. Make sure to check every few months for any loose screws.
If you are having difficulty in getting the screws to fit into the wall frame holes, use some sandpaper and sand the inside of the hole. Doing this will make it simpler for the screws to fit into the holes, so that the stress will not be placed on the walls.
You may even consider using cabinet and door hinges that have self-tapping screws or self-drilling screws that don’t require a predrilled hole. There are also hinges that come with wooden screws, which are less likely to cause stripping and are also easier to install.
Ultimately, avoiding butt stripping starts with proper installation. Proper installation means not damaging the wall frame or drill deeper than necessary all while following the directions given. You should also check your butt hinges every few months to make sure they are secure and making sure that they don’t create pressure on the decking. If you notice any of the screws looking loose, either tighten the screws again, or use a new one with a larger diameter. This will ensure that everything remains secure and in place.