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Old 07-15-2012, 06:22 PM   #1
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Entryway Grab handle Screws?

Howdy Folks!I am a full timer in a Winnebago Chalet/Sightseer and I just discovered that the upper 2 screws securing the entryway grab handle have stripped. It is the hole not the screws. I wanted to tap the knowledge base here before I defaulted to my standard stripped hole remedy of upsizing the screws to match the "new hole". Has anyone here come up with a more permanent repair? Care to share? Thanks!


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Old 07-15-2012, 06:34 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

I'll be interested in the replies you get. My standard solution is the same as yours and I'd like to know if there's a better way.

I suppose another approach could be to epoxy ALL of the handle holes and try re=drilling them all... re-positioning the handle slightly but still having it cover the old holes.

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Old 07-15-2012, 06:41 PM   #3
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Toothpicks, matchsticks or wood splinter and glue. Put the glue in, then the stick, then the screw. Works great and have been doing it for years with no problems.
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Old 07-17-2012, 06:48 PM   #4
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I used the expanding plastic things (don't know the real name) that you use for dry wall. Just insert them in the existing hole and use the same screws, seems to do the trick.

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If the screws go into metal, your standard upsizing the screw size is the way to go. If the screws anchor into wood, then drill out the hole larger and glue/epoxy a HARDWOOD dowel in, drill a pilot hole, and start over.

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Old 07-17-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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I made an oak block, about 2" by 3". Stained, varnished. Then I removed the handle , drilled all the way thru, to the inside of the rig. My wife held the block in place, ever the holes, and I used stainless steel lag screws, mounted the handle thru the wall, and into the block. I then attached a small fancy hook on the block, inside, where we hang the dogs leash.
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I made an oak block, about 2" by 3". Stained, varnished. Then I removed the handle , drilled all the way thru, to the inside of the rig. My wife held the block in place, ever the holes, and I used stainless steel lag screws, mounted the handle thru the wall, and into the block. I then attached a small fancy hook on the block, inside, where we hang the dogs leash.
Now THAT's a man with a great plan!

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Old 07-17-2012, 10:43 PM   #8
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This it what I used below... I just cut the ends down to fit the depth I needed. You might not need to. It's stronger now then before when new....


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