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Fixing Loose Screws in Wood

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.

By stanwitham from Oregon City, OR

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October 21, 20100 found this helpful

My hubby's a retired rough carpenter, plumber and general contractor. He's often used this strategy. He's used everything from wooden toothpicks, to wooden matchsticks, to shims to make a loose screw fit.

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October 30, 20110 found this helpful

I have used this for a lot of years, but I also add wood glue on the toothpicks!

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October 30, 20110 found this helpful

I also add wood glue (Elmer's) to wood splinters or toothpicks.

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October 30, 20110 found this helpful

What a great idea. I definitely will try it; along with the glue. Thanks so much for sharing.

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