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Old 08-29-2015, 01:25 PM   #1
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Venetian Blinds

OK new day - new problem. The venetian blinds SOMEHOW got pulled down and the holes where they were screwed into won't hold the screws anymore. I tried the steel wool in the hole trick but they STILL won't stay. Any suggestions? It's a hollow spot.
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Old 08-29-2015, 01:29 PM   #2
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Consider toggle bolts availabe at HD, Lowes etc
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:27 PM   #3
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stuff the holes with tooth picks and elmers glue then break off the picks flush and add new screws.
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Old 08-30-2015, 05:41 AM   #4
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x2 for tooth picks, old trick used in homes
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Old 08-30-2015, 06:14 AM   #5
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Try the toothpick and other solutions first (larger screws) but 1/8 inch plywood doesn't support a lot, and there really isn't a good way to repair that screw hole.

If you use the ones mccsix listed or the ones I show below, pay attention to the bolt length.

If the bolt is long, and you're not paying attention when you screw it into the wall, you could actually run the bolt all the way through and penetrate the exterior wall of your MH. This will NOT be a good day if you do that.

Double check the depth that you have to work with by taking a long piece of wire (bent top of coat hanger), push it into the existing hole so you can measure how much space (depth) you have to deal with.

If you use the ones I showed in the photo, drill a hole slightly smaller and push the fastener into the hole, do not use a hammer and pound it in as you'll destroy the plywood.

IMPORTANT - When you buy these, they come in various lengths to accommodate wall thickness (You can see how the 4 little fingers bend up and kind of clamp the fastener to the wall). Your wall is probably like 1/8 inch thick, so if you purchase the ones that would be used for 5/8 inch sheet rock, the little fingers will not snug up against the inside of the wall.

OH YAH - With my luck, I usually end up pinching a 110 volt wire inside the wall when I install one of the toggle or molly bolts. :-(


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Old 08-30-2015, 12:50 PM   #6
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I have the same screws that came out of the hole. Think I'll try the toothpick/glue trick first. Thanks to ALL for your responses!!\
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Try the toothpick and other solutions first (larger screws) but 1/8 inch plywood doesn't support a lot, and there really isn't a good way to repair that screw hole.

If you use the ones mccsix listed or the ones I show below, pay attention to the bolt length.

If the bolt is long, and you're not paying attention when you screw it into the wall, you could actually run the bolt all the way through and penetrate the exterior wall of your MH. This will NOT be a good day if you do that.

Double check the depth that you have to work with by taking a long piece of wire (bent top of coat hanger), push it into the existing hole so you can measure how much space (depth) you have to deal with.

If you use the ones I showed in the photo, drill a hole slightly smaller and push the fastener into the hole, do not use a hammer and pound it in as you'll destroy the plywood.

IMPORTANT - When you buy these, they come in various lengths to accommodate wall thickness (You can see how the 4 little fingers bend up and kind of clamp the fastener to the wall). Your wall is probably like 1/8 inch thick, so if you purchase the ones that would be used for 5/8 inch sheet rock, the little fingers will not snug up against the inside of the wall.

OH YAH - With my luck, I usually end up pinching a 110 volt wire inside the wall when I install one of the toggle or molly bolts. :-(


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Those fasteners shown are called hollow wall or hollow door anchors or, more frequently, Molybolts. Toggle bolts require a larger hole and more wall depth to insert them in and, if you ever remove the screw, you will lose the toggle. Molybolts will hold much, much better that the toothpicks and glue trick in a thin wall (if you can even get the latter to work, which I doubt).
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I have had success with these in drywall. I've also cut the pointed end off when using in a shallow clearance (have to make a hole to start them in when you cut off).



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I have had success with these in drywall. I've also cut the pointed end off when using in a shallow clearance (have to make a hole to start them in when you cut off).



You can find at home improvement stores:
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Those are great for drywall bit they won't hold in paneling.
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I have had success with these in drywall. I've also cut the pointed end off when using in a shallow clearance (have to make a hole to start them in when you cut off).
You can find at home improvement stores:
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Those screw in anchors work amazingly well in stripped out holes in the thin paneling used in RVs.


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x2 for tooth picks, old trick used in homes

X3. I held a wood boat together in the 70's with them.
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I have seen these for sell in the box stores like Lowes Home Depot etc

http://www.amazon.com/Woodmate-2498-.../dp/B001B38ALG
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THAT did the trick! Thank you so much! I got it back up!!
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