Re: cabinet doors falling off hinges
There are several methods for repairing stripped screw holes. The easiest one is with wooden toothpicks and wood glue. Dip a toothpick into the glue then jamb it into the stripped out hole. Continue until you can't jamb any more toothpicks into the hold. Cut the toothpicks off flush with the surface of the door with a utility knife and allow the glue to fully dry. When it's time to remount the door, predrill the screw hole before installing the screw.
Another method is to drill the hole out to accept a piece of dowel or golf tee. Glue the peg into the hole and cut it off flush with the surface of the door. Predrill the screw holes at mounting time.
Whatever you do to repair the holes, I would recommend going back to the longer screw, but before you install it, grind the tip off a little bit so that it can't pucker the other side. With a predrilled hole you won't need the tip anyway. When you predrill, put a piece of tape around the bit at the correct depth so you don't drill all the way through, yet are deep enough to get the screw to seat well. Size the bit to the shank width of the screw, that is to say the diameter of the screw at the base of the threads, this will give the screw plenty of bite into the wood without being too tight or too loose.
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