How to Repair Stripped Screws on a Door Frame

A loose door hinge is a common household problem that often is caused by stripped screw holes.
A stripped screw hole affects the way your door hangs and moves.A stripped screw hole affects the way your door hangs and moves.
Essentially, a stripped screw hole is simply a hole in the wood that has become too large to firmly hold on to and stabilize the screw. Luckily, with a few basic tools, fixing stripped screw holes in your door frame is a quick and easy process that will have your door hanging securely in place in no time.

Step 1

Remove the screws from the side of the hinge that has the stripped screw hole with the screwdriver. Swing the unscrewed portion of the hinge aside so that you can access the stripped screw holes.

Step 2

Cut off the tips of the matchsticks with the side cutters. This will help you avoid any accidental fires.

Step 3

Push two wooden matchsticks into the stripped screw hole. Depending on the size of the hole, you might need to add more matchsticks to make sure that the stripped screw hole is fairly well packed with them.

Step 4

Cut off the ends of the matchsticks that do not fit in the hole with the side cutters.

Step 5

Place the flat-headed punch against the matchsticks and gently tap the flat-headed punch with the hammer to secure the matchsticks firmly and deeply into the stripped screw hole.

Step 6

Replace the hinge and sink the screw back into the newly filled hole with the drill.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Wooden matchsticks
  • Side cutters
  • Flat-headed punch
  • Hammer
  • Screws
  • Drill


  • In addition to wooden matchsticks, a small dowel, toothpicks or a golf tee can be used to fill in a stripped screw hole.

About the Author

Danielle Crandall has been a professional writer and editor for more than five years. Her work has appeared in various online publications and marketing materials for nonprofit organizations, covering topics ranging from beauty and fashion to home decor to education and society. Crandall holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arizona.