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Old 06-25-2018, 03:58 PM   #1
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Motorhome Hood Hinge Problem

This is one of the hinges that attaches the hood of our 2017 Ventana LE. The material under the hood at the top where the screws go in is very soft (it’s not wood) and the screws have pulled out and stripped the material so they will not screw back in securely. Does anyone know of a material I could put in the screw holes that will harden and allow me to screw these back in and be secure?

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If the holes are deep enough you can push JB Weld (or similar 2 part epoxy) into the holes, break some toothpick ends in the holes (or not), allow time for the glue to set, break off the excess toothpicks if you used them, drill small pilot holes then put the screws back in.
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If the holes are deep enough you can push JB Weld (or similar 2 part epoxy) into the holes, break some toothpick ends in the holes (or not), allow time for the glue to set, break off the excess toothpicks if you used them, drill small pilot holes then put the screws back in.
What is the purpose of the toothpicks?
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That area looks thick enough to drill larger and insert some of those threaded inserts used in wood. That will allow use of bolts instead of screws and the larger dia of the insert should provide more strength than screws.
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I believe JB Weld also makes a material exclusively for wood that does the same job as the regular JB Weld does. Shouldn't be to hard to find.

https://www.lowes.com/pd/J-B-WELD-Kw...tick/999985990
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Replace old screws with wider, not longer screws. And original JB Weld, let set up for 24 hours.
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There are about as many ways of fixing your issue as there are screws. The tooth pick idea works well in wood. It's just an easy way to add more wood with glue which is harder than most wood.

Here's something not mentioned. If you can get some superglue to wick into the material it will harden and strengthen the original material.

I might do this as well and is some thing to consider. The WBGO hood is glued on with some sort of soft putty which does harden but they also come loose. If that happens I'm going to cover the area with fiberglass hardener then a layer of fiberglass cloth and more hardener.

Your hood is already made of fiberglass. Just add more on top of what you have for extra support and control of the vibrations from driving.
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There are about as many ways of fixing your issue as there are screws. The tooth pick idea works well in wood. It's just an easy way to add more wood with glue which is harder than most wood.

Here's something not mentioned. If you can get some superglue to wick into the material it will harden and strengthen the original material.

I might do this as well and is some thing to consider. The WBGO hood is glued on with some sort of soft putty which does harden but they also come loose. If that happens I'm going to cover the area with fiberglass hardener then a layer of fiberglass cloth and more hardener.

Your hood is already made of fiberglass. Just add more on top of what you have for extra support and control of the vibrations from driving.
Agree...fill original holes and then add more fiberglass to make a "pad". Then you can use longer and wider screws.

I would also use large washers to help distribute the clamping force over a wider area with less likelihood of crushing the fiberglass.

This is what I did. Been rock solid ever since.

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