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Paul McMullin 04-06-2010 11:42 AM

Stripped screws in chair
Hello, I am new to the fix-er-up world so pardon my ignorance. I am repairing an old chair and the screws are stipped from their original holes. I need to use the same length screws but I need to put something in the old hole for the screw to adhere to. What should I use...I tried breaking off toothpicks and shoving that in the hole but that didn't work. Is there a product out there that I should buy that will harden enough to give that screw something to bite on to? Thanks in advance


DangerMouse 04-06-2010 12:02 PM

Hi and welcome.

If the screws are out of sight, I'd drill through it a bit bigger, then wood glue/hammer in matching sized dowel, drill pilot hole in dowel and re-screw.


Paul McMullin 04-06-2010 12:12 PM

stripped screws
Thanks DM that makes sense and even I think I can do that


DangerMouse 04-06-2010 12:37 PM

Happy to help!

Good luck!


lanemiller 04-06-2010 02:41 PM

That is your best bet, just making new screw holes. Anything you put in the hole won't really adhere well to the wood, especially after you put a screw back in the hole

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