hinge screw hole and snapped drill bit...Any ideas?

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  1. m_ginty

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    Not sure if this is the best forum or whether my question should be in woodwork but here goes anyway...
    I am hanging a new door and was drilling holes for the hinge screws and I've managed to snap a drill bit....
    The bit isn't sticking out at all - in fact it's about .5 cm in.
    How do I sort this mess out?!
    thanks
     
  2. DAZB

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    You could try a pair of long nose pliers on it and twist it out in reverse or maybe get a nail punch and , if there is room , knock it in deeper and out of the way.
     
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    I was thinking about knocking it further in -not sure how easy it will be - it's a hardwood external door.
    Got some long nose pliers at work so will try them too.
    thanks for the tips.
     
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    i assume your talking brass hinges and brass screws

    dependant on wood [balsa is a hard wood :LOL: ]assuming youve using brass 8s
    with brass hindges
    hold in place with the other screws try inserting a steel screw[twin type ]and see how it goes it may just work in at an angle past the screw and sit in a reasonable position then replace with brass
    if not youll probably have to rely on the other three screws!!!

    it would help if the drill bit was pushed in a bit first as this would help the angle the screw goes in at
     
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    Drill around it with small drill to make it easy to remove with pliers. Drill the mess out with a good sharp 10mm bit and the plug the hole with a hardwood dowel. Cut flush and sand. It wont be seen as it's behind the hinge. ;)
     
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    Thanks for the advice, I'll have a go at it tonight
     
  7. big-all

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    if you do use a dowel as nstreat suggests
    drill at a slight angle so even if the glue fails on dowel you will still get the screw in and out
    of course insert screw at right angles as normal
     
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    nar...cut the head off a screw and glue it over the hole....oops shouldnt have given that one away.
     

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