Posted by: tomspage | April 5, 2010

McFixet’s Cheap Tricks

Did you ever have a small wood screw loose its bite and was always coming undone.  Often you don’t have a larger or longer screw on hand to get a grip in new wood, or a larger screw just won’t fit.

Try this cheap trick;

After removing the screw insert a tooth pick into the hole.  The fat round ones work best but you can use two or more of the flat ones if need be.

Break the toothpick off flush with the top of the hole.

Drive the screw back in place, its threads will grab now and hold in place.

If the screw hole is badly worn you may have to use a scrap piece of wood tapered to fit in place to give the screw more wood to bite.

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