How to tighten screw in looser masonry hole?

Just use a 2 inch long, self-drilling screw with a power drill.

Drill the screw at an angle, I.E. slightly up or slightly down. I have been fixing doors this way for twenty-five years and have never broken a jam or had the door come off again. Do not put the screw in at an angle more than 20 degrees or the head of the screw will stick out and prevent the hinge from closing (but you can file the screw down so it will not hit with an attachment that goes on the drill). I usually put the screws in at about a 10 or 15 degree angle so they will not prevent the hinge from closing.

Many times you can use longer a 3 inch, self drilling screw right in the old hole without having to go in at an angle. I have used 2, 3, 4, 5 and even 6 inch screws in old jams. Since I learned this, I have never replaced a jam. I buy the screws in one pound boxes but I use so many 2 inch, self drilling screws to fix doors that I buy them in five pound boxes. Be sure and replace all three screws where the...
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Loose hinges can cause a door to stick, bind, or scrape the floor. Lucky for you, it is easy to tighten loose hinges and make your doors work like new. Most hinge problems can be solved with nothing more than a screwdriver.

First, check that the hinge screws are tight. Open the door, grasp it by the lock edge, and move it up and down. If you encounter movement at the hinge screws, they need to be retightened.

If the hinge screws have been loose for only a short time, you may need to tighten them with a screwdriver. But when hinge screws are left loose for a long time, the constant movement of the hinge plate and screws enlarges the screw holes. Eventually, the holes become so large that the screws can’t stay tight. The result: stripped screws that are completely useless!

If the door still moves even a tiny bit after you tighten its hinge screws, you have to repair the enlarged screw holes. Repair one screw hole at a time so that you don’t have to remove the...

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Toothpick/cocktail sticks work. Bamboo skewers are a bit tougher if you are taking them out again. Knock it in with a pin-punch and a tiny tack hammer, they will go in a lot further then, cut it off flush with end cutters.

If it is a screw that will be removed from time to time (control plate), scrape some candle wax onto the thread.

Other materials - twigs from the hedge and trees in the garden e.g.: hazel, blackthorn, apple, hawthorn, box, acer/maple. Keep a few good ones back from clippings, strip the bark and leave to season. These can make very effective full plugs. The hazel is very pliable. The thorns are as hard as nails. The boxwood can literally be used as a nail: metal working tools...

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Question: A decorative window shutter on a brick wall at my house blew off in a windstorm. It would be easy to reattach it, except that the holes left in the mortar by the former nails are now too wide for masonry nails of the same size. Masonry anchors for screws require slightly larger bores than the existing holes. How should I deal with this?


Answer: You may be able to substitute concrete screw anchors, such as those made by Tapcon. These don’t require a plastic or metal sleeve; they screw right into concrete, brick or mortar once there are correctly sized pilot holes. The holes need to be a little narrower than the screw shafts. The narrowest Tapcon screws are 3/ 16 inch across and fit into holes 5/ 32 inch in diameter. There are also quarter-inch screws for
3/ 16-inch-wide holes.

If the holes in your wall are a little too narrow, use a carbide bit in a power drill to widen them. If you had a lot of holes to drill in well-seasoned...

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Is the screw into a tapped hole in the other part, or is it a nut and bolt?

Easy option is screwlock, like superglue that you put in the hole first. There are different types, some can be easily removed by a bit more force, others are almost impossible - check which type first!

For a nut and bolt there are more options.

Lock nuts - if you put two nuts and tighten them against each other (not necessary to tighten them to the part) they are much less likely to undo

Vibration nuts have a rubber ring inside the thread that stops them unwinding under reasonable vibration - look for shake-free or anti vibration.

Lock washer - a serated washer that bites into the nut and the part to stop it turning, means the nut must be tight against the part and it will damage the surface.

If the nut is big enough you could have a pin through it as Borek said.
edit - you drill sideways through the bolt and the material and put a pin through so the bolt...

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The easiest way to drill this hole is to use an electric drill equipped with a carbide-tipped bit. These bits are sold in hardware stores in all the popular sizes, and bits up to one-half inch in diameter are available with one-quarter inch shanks so they can be used with a regular one-quarter-inch drill. However, the larger diameters are best used with a variable-speed drill run at about three-quarters its full speed.

When boring in masonry with a carbide bit, keep pressing hard on the drill handle all the time the bit is turning. Do not allow the bit to slip inside the hole, as this will cause it to dull rapidly. Periodically, pull the bit out of the hole to blow out dust and chips, then get it up to speed as soon as you start pressing again.

You can also drill holes in masonry by hand, using a hammer and a star drill. As shown in...

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On high-end newer lockset, the mounting screws holding the lockset mounting plate to the door may be hidden under an outer faceplate.

1. To get at these mounting screws, the doorknob/lever are first released by depressing a spring-loaded catch, known as a detent, and sliding the knob/handle off the spindle. There are three common ways to access and depress the concealed detent which secures the handle:

Small round hole
This type is found commonly on lever-style door handles. To depress the detent,... use the end of a metal paper clip or the point of an awl, inserting it into the hole and pressing the detent down while twisting and removing the door handle shaft off the spindle.Slotted hole
This type is usually found on round doorknob hardware sets. To depress the detent use a small flat blade screwdriver through the slot to press and release the detent while twisting and removing the doorknob off the spindle.Button
Button-style detents are often found on...
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FIG. 5 - Plastic anchors are used with standard wood screws.

FIG. 6 - Lead lag shields are designed to be used with standard lag screws.

FIG. 7 - A wedge anchor (left) and a sleeve anchor (right).

FIG. 8 - A nail-type hammer anchor (left) and a sleeve-type hammer anchor (right).

FIG. 9 - A concrete screw cuts its own thread in the masonry.

FIG. 10 - Hammer anchors are a good choice for anchoring furring strips to a masonry wall.

FIG. 11 - Use sleeve or wedge anchors to fasten a sill plate to the foundation.


When choosing anchors, remember that the total load should be divided by the number of anchors that will carry it.

Whatever type of anchor you decide to use, you'll probably want to rent a hammer drill to drill the holes for it. Masonry drill...
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If you have a screw loose in something made of wood, just remove the screw and fill the hole with wood putty. Let the wood putty dry and then reinsert the screw.

By ThriftyFun


Loose Screws in Wood

A faster (and cheaper) fix is to remove the screw; put one or more wood toothpicks in the hole, breaking them off at the surface, and replacing the screw. If you won't be needing to replace the screw any time soon, dip the toothpicks in white (or wood) glue before putting them in the hole. (03/01/2006)

By Jill.

Loose Screws in Wood

Wood putty works fine, but so does a wooden match stick. Just remove the loose screw, insert the wooden match in the hole, break it off even with the surface and then reset the screw into the hole. The match will tighten everything right up. It's a quick fix and works great. You might even choose to put a bit of Elmer's glue on the match stick, but you don't have to.

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Masonry screws are used to fasten fittings to masonry or concrete. They are used in conjunction with anchors and work by inflating the anchor against the sides of the hole. Whilst masonry screws are not that difficult to fit, to ensure a successful attachment they do require some specialized equipment and knowledge of the procedure. Follow these steps in order to successfully use masonry screws.

Step One - Consider what you will be Fastening

It may sound obvious but before you embark on using masonry screws, you need to reflect on what material your fastener is made out of, how much it weighs and the weight and size of the load it will bear. Generally speaking, masonry screws are most effective for attaching lightweight objects that will not be bearing a heavy load.

Step Two - Drill a Hole

Before you start to drill a hole, always ensure you wear safety goggles and a dust mask which will protect you from the inevitable dust that drilling causes and...

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Smart DIYers the label doors and hardware they remove from a project. The labels make it much easier when everything needs to be reassembled. Particularly with vintage furniture, the doors and hardware often fit best in their original positions since the piece has likely settled (or warped) a bit over time.

But, how do you label the doors when you need to paint the front and back of them? Well, if you are like me, you think you are really smart and can just keep them in order. Much like the shell game, though, they somehow seem to get out of order and then you (or maybe just me) are left with a big mess on your hands.

This is exactly what happened when I went to put the doors back on my now bright blue stereo cabinet. I thought I had them in the correct positions, but I didn’t. I moved them around about five times, screwing and unscrewing the hinges (because those had to be just right, too!). By the time I had it all figured out, the screw holes for the hinges...

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Because overall there are more forces pushing it out than keeping it in.

Now for more than you wanted to know about the mechanics of screws:

The threads on the screw act like a wedge or inclined plane, which translates force from the in-plane, rotation direction (torque) into an out-of-plane force along the axis of the screw. That is, when you rotate the screw clockwise, it applies an inward force to the screw by wedging its threads against those of the screw hole.

Once the head of the screw runs into an obstruction (when the screw is in all the way), turning it further begins to store potential energy in the elastic deformation of the metal, like compressing a spring. To convince yourself of this, consider what happens to a spring washer when it's placed between the screw and the surface. Clearly there is a constant force trying to push the screw back out. The same applies when the screw head simply compresses the surface it's screwed into, although a spring is a more...

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Let’s accept it – calling a professional to get every little thing done around the house is just not practical. Each one of us has had to don the work hat of the handyman at least once in our lifetime.

While heavy and extensive jobs are best left to the professionals, you should be able to handle drilling a few holes through a wall. And if you doubt your skills, we are here to help you along the way.

Using the right drill is very important. For heavy-duty concrete, you may need a hammer drill or rotary hammer, but don’t go that far yet.

A general purpose drilling set should have all the drilling and screwing bits that you’ll need to work around the house. You can rent or buy a high-quality drill kit, such as Bosch, DeWalt or Makita brands.

Also, get acquainted with screw anchors or wall plugs, which you’ll need to hold a screw in the hole you drill. Keep in mind that you can always make a hole bigger, but you can never make it smaller. So, err on...

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When you need to attach an item to a Masonry wall a nail or regular screw just won’t work in this case you need to use a special anchor that is inserted into the masonry and held in place by friction.

Small items can be placed with masonry screws that are similar to standard screws but are hardened and sometimes self tapping. Masonry screws will require a driver head attached to a standard drill. If the fastener is large enough you may need to use a hammer drill to start a smaller hole and then insert the screw into it with a regular drill not using the hammer action.

Masonry screws are great if you are hanging a small light, mailbox or decorative lettering on the side of your home.

When installing the masonry screw in brick surfaces you want to place the screws into the mortar joint between the bricks. Never insert a fastener into brick as it will most likely cause cracking over time if not immediately.

Masonry screws are not made for removal. Once the...

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Loose doorknobs or handles is something all homeowners and businesses have to deal with at some point in time. Whether the handle pulls away from the door or jiggles when trying to open it, it’s only a matter of time before it becomes a nuisance for your employees or customers. The good news, fixing a loose doorknob, or one that has completely fallen off, is not too difficult.

Reasons Doorknobs or Handles Become Loose

There are many reasons why a doorknob or door handle becomes loose. Some include:

It becomes wobbly or loose over time and needs to be adjusted and made tight again. It is aged and subjected to buildup of dirt, dust and other pollutants that hinders the operation of the handle or lock. It has a loose or missing screw in the door plate. The door handle’s locking mechanism might be malfunctioning.

Popular Types of Door Knobs

Fixing the doorknob or handle will depend on its design and how it’s secured to the door and spindle.

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