Reposition a screw slightly
Sometimes you want to move an object on the wall, or a hinge, slightly up, down or sideways. You cannot drill new screw holes because they
need to be so close to the original holes that the new screws would not
(If you are planning to move some hinges or a door latch-plate because a door or window has moved out of square, first check to see if you might be able to use simpler methods. See Problem doors - analysing what is wrong and Problem doors - how to fix them.)
How to move a screwed object slightly sideways, up, or down
Remove the object
Unscrew all the screws to take the object, the hinge or the plate off.
If the hinge or plate is rebated into the backing material or door jam you
will need to extend the rebate. If it needs to move up, say 2 mm, chisel the
rebate to that height, in the same shape as the existing hinge or plate, to the same depth as the existing rebate.
To move the screws
First you need to fill the existing screw holes. Coat a wooden golf tee with
wood glue (see PVA in Glues and adhesives). Drive it into the screw hole and allow it to dry. Cut the top off with a cutting knife and sand the
surface flush with the main timber. Repeat for all holes.
Alternatively, drill the holes larger - to the same diameter as a piece of
dowel. Measure the depth of the hole with a nail and cut the dowel to that
measurement. Coat the dowel with glue and drive it into the hole. Allow to dry. Sand the new wood flush with the old.
Hold the hinge or plate in position and mark where the new screws need to go.
Drill pilot holes in the new wood and screw the hinge or plate on again.