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Old 08-18-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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Loose Screw?

Some panels and parts have been removed and replaced so many times for service and mods that the screw holes are enlarged and screws won't tighten up any more. If just thin panel most standard tricks won't work. The smallest plastic anchor I had was to big and would I would need to drill an even larger hole. IDEA - found small anchor that was three long tapered pieces held together with small molded links. I cut the links with razor blade giving me three long tapered wedges with flared head ie 1/3 smaller anchor. Pushed into hole, tapped with hammer and viola tight screw now.
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Have had the same issue with screws not holding in paneling. In places where I had the room, I glued strips of hard wood, behind the panel. It sure makes a difference. I have found that some pallets use rough cut oak, which can be cut into smaller sections, cleaned up and used for small repairs.
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Great idea Chuck! I need to use it right now to secure an access panel on my shower stall! Thanks!
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Shove a toothpick or 2 in the hole with some wood glue. Cut it flush when dry. Then use the original screw in the hole.
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We always use the next larger screw size. Metal to metal seems to hold much better.
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Shove a toothpick or 2 in the hole with some wood glue. Cut it flush when dry. Then use the original screw in the hole.
I don't even use the glue , just toothpicks. I had a few wood boats in the 70's. .
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I don't even use the glue , just toothpicks. I had a few wood boats in the 70's. .
Yup .... and for bigger holes I keep a few chopsticks laying around.
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Golf tee's work well also, and they are tapered to really fit tight.
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Wooden matches work well too.
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I think we all have a few loose screws, just some need it pointed out.
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That trick I learned from my dear departed mother. I like the other suggestions also.
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My DW is also looking for a way to fix my loose screws..........
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Some panels and parts have been removed and replaced so many times for service and mods that the screw holes are enlarged and screws won't tighten up any more. If just thin panel most standard tricks won't work. The smallest plastic anchor I had was to big and would I would need to drill an even larger hole. IDEA - found small anchor that was three long tapered pieces held together with small molded links. I cut the links with razor blade giving me three long tapered wedges with flared head ie 1/3 smaller anchor. Pushed into hole, tapped with hammer and viola tight screw now.
Can you please post the name, or a pic, of the anchor you are talking about?

BTW, I noticed that a lot of suggestions that are being posted are the "standard tricks" that you already said "won't work" in thin panels.

I don't understand why people bother to post tips and tricks that they must know are not worth a split.
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Shove a toothpick or 2 in the hole with some wood glue. Cut it flush when dry. Then use the original screw in the hole.
X-2' been using this trick for thirty plus years!
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