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Fixing a Loose Screw in Wood

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 Stan from Oregon City, OR

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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.

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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.

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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.

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October 11, 2004

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.

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October 20, 2010

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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