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Old 06-03-2012, 03:33 PM   #1
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Old screws falling out.

What is the best way to keep your vintage screws in their vintage spots after time, some of mine from the air conditioner cover and other places seem to not hold anymore. Larger screw? foil? toothpicks? I'm afraid to make new holes without really trearing things apart to see what I'd be getting into... wiring, more holes to be sure are leak proof, etc.

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Old 06-03-2012, 06:47 PM   #2
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I would think that coating the screw threads with a thin layer of silicone would work with just about any material except dry rotted wood. I did this with a few screws that held my kitchen ceiling fan trim in place and they haven't vibrated out since I did the repair (about 9,000 miles ago).


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Old 06-03-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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I have found that using a piece of plastic weed eater string work well for loose and sometime stripped screws. just cut a small piece , slide in hole and run screw in. works great
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Old 06-03-2012, 08:25 PM   #4
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I am presuming that these are wood screws, dip a toothpick into elmers glue, put toothpick into hole and break off even with surface. Repeat until screw is tight.
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:38 AM   #5
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It all depends on what you are screwing into ... wood, aluminum or plastic. On metal, I will often put some JB weld in the hole, let it dry and then drill a new pilot hole an put in a new screw with a dab if silicone to make it weather tight if needed. For wood, match sticks or tooth picks with some wood glue. For plastic, the weed eater line does good, sometimes with a dab of glue that will work with the plastic.

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Old 06-04-2012, 08:19 PM   #6
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screws not staying tight

Use stainless steel screws and Lexel caulk(ACE Hardwear) or on line. I have heard of others using locktite on the screws before reinserting.
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:04 PM   #7
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On metal, I will often put some JB weld in the hole, let it dry and then drill a new pilot hole an put in a new screw with a dab if silicone to make it weather tight if needed.

Now that sounds like a good idea. On one of my skylights I should have done that.

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