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Fixing a Loose Screw in Wood

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When a screw comes loose in wood, it can be difficult to get it to stay in again. There are ways to fill the hole and get the screw to hold in the wood again. This is a guide about fixing a loose screw in wood.
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October 20, 2010

If a screw keeps turning in something that is wooden, simply remove the screw, put a toothpick in the hole, break it off at the top of the hole, insert the toothpick part and replace the screw.

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By stanwitham from Oregon City, OR

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By 7 found this helpful
March 25, 2009

If you have a hole that is to large for a screw, just put a piece of natural rope into the hole. I like jute or cotton rope the best. I tried toothpicks and wooden matches at first, but I've since found that rope works far better because it wraps itself around the screw so it fits tightly into the threads!

By JLS

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By 5 found this helpful
September 7, 2010

My front door became difficult to open. Upon examining it, I realized that the screws had come loose and the strike plate was sticking out which made it difficult to open. I had a book of household hints that I had bought at a yard sale. It suggested you wind a piece of steel wool on the screws to tighten them. It worked and saved me a repair bill.

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By Maya from Redlands, CA

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By 1 found this helpful
November 12, 2013

Two of my electric guitars had loose strap-lock screw holes. For a quick and easy fix, I simply squeezed a little wood filler into the screw holes, screwed the strap-locks back into place, and allowed the wood filler to set.

Now the screws are nice and snug, and I don't have to stop playing every 10 or 15 minutes to screw in the strap-locks again.

Any brand of wood filler will do (Plastic Wood, Lepages Wood Filler, etc) but I used Lepages because of their easy-to-use nozzle, and since I was dealing with fairly small openings, I used a pushpin to poke a hole in the end of the nozzle instead of cutting it off.

Piece of cake, really.

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October 11, 20040 found this helpful

To fix a hole that has become too large for a wood screw take some tooth picks and wood glue and fill the hole until it is the right size again. If you decide to fill it completely you will need to pre-drill for the screw. Let the glue and the toothpicks dry completely before you finish your project.

By Debra In Colorado

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October 20, 20100 found this helpful

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.

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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.
(03/01/2006)

By Julia

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