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Fringe Screw™ FAQ

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Where can I purchase Fringe Screws™?

Fringe Screw™ can be purchased online at our store or by contacting us by phone.  Alternatively, to purchase from a “Bricks and Mortar” store, see our distributors .

Why do Fringe Screws™ cost more than other screws?

Fringe Screw™ has unique dimensions because it is designed for one specific purpose: to repair loose door hinges.  Other screws have standard dimensions, such as a #10 2” wood screw, and are used in a variety of applications. Standard screws are therefore manufactured in much larger quantities than a specialty screw, such as Fringe Screw™.

Why is Fringe Screw™ a better way to repair loose doors?

There are other techniques that attempt to repair stripped door hinge screw holes. They all have huge disadvantages though when compared to Fringe Screw™.

One approach is using toothpicks and glue to fill the screw hole, but this is messy, takes a while, and never lasts that long.

Drilling the stripped out hinge screw holes and gluing dowels in place is another technique that works really well, as long as you have all the tools and want to dedicate several hours to a job that can be completed in under five minutes with Fringe Screw™.

A third approach is replacing the entire door. While this works very well if the stripped screw holes are on the door, it is expensive, time consuming, and requires special tools and skills.

The following table compares different repair strategies.

Type of
 Repair
Remove
 Door?
Tools/Materials
 Needed
Time to Complete Advantages Disadvantages
Toothpicks
 & Glue
Maybe Screwdriver, Toothpick or Wood Shavings, Glue 1 - 2
 hours
Sometimes works for a little while

Time required

May have to remove the door

Repair will not last because it is not sturdy

Wooden
 Dowel
Yes Screwdriver, Drill & Bits, Hammer, Dowels, Glue 1 - 2
 hours
Successful &  Secure

Time required

Many tools required

Messy glue and wood dust

Need to remove door

Replace Door Yes Screwdriver, Drill & Bits, Hole Saw, Chisel, New Door Slab, Paint 4 - 8 hours Successful &  Secure

Time required

Skill Required

Many tools required

Expensive

Fringe
 Screw™
No Screwdriver, Fringe Screws™ Less than
 5 minutes
Fast, Successful, Secure, & Minimal tools required None

What causes loose door hinges?

Door hinges have a lot of stress placed on them.  They hold up doors and are subject to stresses in different directions when doors are opened and closed, leaned on, or slammed.  Some doors, especially in older homes, are quite heavy and this increases the load placed upon the hinges and the hinge screws.  All of this wear and tear year after year slowly enlarges the screw holes until the screws can no longer be tightened.

Screws and screw holes can also be stripped by over-tightening.  While no one wants to admit they over tightened a screw, let’s face it: almost all of us have.  It’s especially easy to do in a soft wood, which is almost exclusively used in modern home construction.

How can I tell if my door hinge screw holes are stripped?

The door may

  • feel loose
  • wobble when opened or closed
  • not close properly or you have to lean on it to get it to latch
  • sag and make contact with the floor

The best way to diagnosis whether stripped door hinge screws are causing a problem is to try to tighten the hinge screws.  One needs to be careful not to over-tighten, as this could actually strip the screw hole.  "Snug" is a good description of how tight hinge screws should feel.  If the screw continues to turn and won’t tighten after the head contacts the hinge, then the screw hole is stripped and the hinge screw should be replaced with a Fringe Screw™.

Is Fringe Screw™ Guaranteed to work?

Yes, Fringe Screw™ is guaranteed to secure residential interior and entry door hinges that are loose due to stripped screw holes.  If it does not work, Fringe Screw™ can be returned for a refund up to 30 days after purchase.

What types of doors will Fringe Screw™ work with?

Fringe Screw™ is specifically designed to repair loose door hinges on Residential Doors. There are two sizes of Fringe Screw™ and each is available in two different lengths. Fringe Screw™ with a size #9 head typically replaces hinge screws in interior doors, such as a bedroom, office, or bathroom door in your house.  It will work with any hinge that is secured with #9 screws. It will also replace most latch plate screws for applications where they are loose.

Fringe Screw™ with a size #10 head typically replaces hinge screws in entry doors, such as a front door, back door, or garage door (the one for people, not the overhead door for vehicles).

How can I learn more about Fringe Screw™?

There is more information here , and you can also contact us for more information.

How are Fringe Screws packaged?

Our packaging process is shown here.