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Old 11-18-2013, 08:12 PM   #1
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Motorhome Interior Walls

I am looking for suggestions on re-anchoring interior screws. I have a couple of places where the screws no longer bite into the Styrofoam walls. Obviously one can't use longer screws. Does anyone have a suggestion on what to use to fill the old holes so that the screws will hold again?
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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Use tooth picks, stuff as many as you can in the old hole cut off flush. Install old screw.I will last just about forever.
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I use match sticks and glue.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:31 PM   #4
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When my toilet tissue holder fell off the wall due to the screw holes being too big, I cut a piece of cherry that I glued on the wall and re-installed the tissue holder using new holes.A little stain sort of matched the wall. The cherry is only about 1 cm thick and looks OK.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:42 PM   #5
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You can use Molly type wall anchors. They come in different sizes. Some small ones that would work in thin walls.
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You can use Molly type wall anchors. They come in different sizes. Some small ones that would work in thin walls.
That's what I use too. The size for 1/8" paneling are just right. I'm going to mount a TV wall-mount with them where a stud is out of reach. Each one is rated for 15# continuous load.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:18 PM   #7
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If it has to hold something heavy that I will not need to remove later, I use short toggle bolts. If you might need to remove it later use short mollies.

For run of the mill loose screws, use Elmer's wood glue. Rub the glue all over the treads, and let it dry overnight. It will never come loose again!
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That's what I use too. The size for 1/8" paneling are just right. I'm going to mount a TV wall-mount with them where a stud is out of reach. Each one is rated for 15# continuous load.
They DO work, just hope you never have to try and remove or cover them! They leave BIG holes. In the 11+ years we've had our present rig (and the 2 years we had our 2000 DSDP) I haven't had a screw back out nor strip. Not something I could say about our '98 Santara gasser. Used lots of matchsticks or toothpicks and glue in it in 2 years.
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I am looking for suggestions on re-anchoring interior screws. I have a couple of places where the screws no longer bite into the Styrofoam walls. Obviously one can't use longer screws. Does anyone have a suggestion on what to use to fill the old holes so that the screws will hold again?
i use short pieces of plastic tie wraps instead of toothpicks.
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Thanks to all for the suggestions. I stopped yesterday at a Camping World and they use the toothpicks/super glue method. Think that is what I'm going to go with. Thanks again.
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A trick I learned from my dad, common string soaked in Elmer's glue stuffed into the hole and then screw in the screw.
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I found some rubber wall anchors at the hardware store when I went to repair a bracket for my room darkener, they worked better than toothpicks. You need to get the correct size for the screw but as you start installing the screw the rubber expands and really grips. I had them in for a couple of years and no problem.
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Most manufacturers recommend molly rivits to mount anything to interior or exterior walls. The rivits are hard to find but will hold very well. I use them whenever I cannot use a stud or frame member with a self tapping sheet screw.
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