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Thank you!!! Was looking for a way to repair the stripped lag holes on my piano legs. I'm going to try the bondo trick!!
we have a tent trailer with stripped screw holes on the inside of roof cover. I'm just hoping we can use one of Rons tips to fix it. what do you think?
Thanks so much for those great tips, Ron!!
Haha. Ron almost swore at the start of the video!
Instead of using that messy Bondo, drill the hole out then glue a piece of dowel, same size as the hole, into the hole. After it dries, you can drill a new hole. Problem solved!
What about a wood filler instead of the body filler?
I've been living in my current home for 10 years and the back door had to be lifted up every time it was shut. I just placed my house for sale on the market and was considering the purchase of a new door...we all know how much a 15 lite metal door costs plus the labor to install it, total cost would have been at least $400. I sat in my car in the Home Depot parking lot and searched for a solution before I went in...thank goodness for a smart phone, Google, YouTube, and your video!!! I bought a small pack or anchors, went home, and had it repaired in no time and saved a lot of money!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
Fixing a loose hinge from an IKEA cupboard - first tried a metal anchor, but it refused to go in straight, so switched to a longer screw and it worked like a charm! Thanks!
I took your idea about using toothpicks in a stripped Screw Hole. I found electronic handyman use toothpicks also. The opening for the pool filter where you screw in the pressure gage was stripped. Many tries with plumbing supplies failed, the pressure top always blew off a few days later. With toothpicks,the pressure gage went on the tightess it ever has, I just waited to remove the extra top toothpick until the screw was one fourth in the hole.
Thanks for the tip on the plastic screw anchors for stripped hinge screws. That is a huge time saver. I normally would have drilled them out and glued dowels in place.
You are right...door jams are not thick. That is the reason that I use long screws to get to the 2X4 etc that sitting behind the door jam. I never had a problem for harware to come off that way. I even use the long screws for the plates that come with the door lock to be mounted onto the door jam and so far they stayed even with forced entrance.
You could epoxy the inserts into the holes and that should hold them.
Instead of using the Bondo or toothpicks, you can glue a piece of wood dowel into the hole then drill a new hole and screw the lag screw back in. This works very well.
For a long time you've been my Sunday morning coffee companion, but to expect me to watch the same Thompson's water seal commercial every time I view a video is just too much. I'm sorry you changed your format from the few second's delay to the new one. Thank you for your past tips and I'll keep your site for when I need information for major projects but no thanks to the "new" housecalls.
I have a very expensive bed. There are two holes that have threaded inserts for bolts and nuts that secure the side railing that the mattress sits on to the side of the bed pillar. You can pull the inserts out by hand. Is there anyway to fix this myself or do i have to hire a furniture repair man?
Awesome advise! THANK YOU!!!
Brilliant Tips.. Thanks a lot.
Thanks for tip! Great for the door hinge. Took me five minutes and worked great!
Thanks for the advice!
Holy mac!! This guy was spot on...I used the one with anchors...it took Minutes....Thank you!!!
thanks. helps alot
I've been wrestling with the entry door to our garage for yrs, swapping out the screws for larger ones and even fabricating new holes, the anchor idea escaped me for some reason - duh. You're a treasure to moderately handy people. THANK YOU!!!
I've always wondered how to fix hinges with worn-out holes. Never thought about the anchors. Thanks!
Never thought of using bondo. Great idea!
Since when is WD-40 a "lubricant"? Admitted that is sometimes does the job, but WD stands for "water displacer". Nowhere on the package does it say that it lubricates.
I've always found that wooden match sticks driven in with a hammer to completely fill the hole works better than toothpicks as match sticks are a softer wood. I usually need to create a starter hole with an ice pick.
Sometimes, instead of toothpicks You can use pieces of copper wire, i.e. thresholds, the wire won't rot.
Thanks, Ron. You are this woman's fix-it idea man. You keep giving me great hints. Thanks again.
I just removed an old toilet. To remove the water after shutting off the supply I flushed and used a grouting sponge to dry out the tank. It fit flat, sidewise and on end. Then I took the pail of water and dumped it in the bowl and it flushed half to two thirds of that water out. Just used the sponge to dry the bowl. I wore latex gloves even though it was clean water flushing. The real dirty part was removing the wax gasket. The grouting sponge also worked great removing the footprint of the old bowl.
Thanks for these good ideas for stripped out screw holes in wood.
Big help to me.
Retired Roofing Contractor
Instead of using the Bondo, you can glue a piece of wood dowel into the hole then drill a new hole and screw the lag screw back in. This works very well.
very good./.good advice
Thanks again Ron. I knew the one with the tooth piick & I've heard of the filler but never try it.
Neat fix Ron. Learned something new with the filler fix. Thought I knew all the ways to fix a stripped thread hole.Keep the tips coming.
This new information was very timely - It made fixing my door hinge a breeze! Thank you!
Thank you Ron, great ideas; I have used the tooth pick idea before and it does work very well, the only difference is that I add a couple drops of Elmer's Glue to the tooth picks before I insert them in the hole.
Thanks for the stripped screw solution. I have drawers that r made out of particleboard. How can I rebuild a part that has broken away? The slider has broken away taking some of the drawer with it. Thanks for your help..Deana Hovey.
Thanks, great solutions to stripped out screw holes, Sandy K. Piwowarczyk
The one thing you didn't mention was trying to prevent the initial stripping by being careful not to have your drill on too fast and strip the hole in soft wood, my usual problem. Thanks for the tips.
Thank you for the auto body filler idea. I would have glued in a wooden dowl then put the leg bolt back in.
Thank you Ron. Great ideas, I now ccan fix door hinges on two of my doors .
I use glued dowel rod to fix stripped screws
Thank you again Ron, you always have some great solutions to little aggrevating problems.
if you have a sheet metal screw which is stripped or for which the hole is a bit too large, just put a piece of weed trimmer line into the hole and then drive the screw. the plastic line will make a perfect hole
nice Tip Ron. Thanks
Great video, thanks. Now how about one for fixing stripped threaded holes in metal?
Ron- what about threaded inserts? There are some that would screw into a drilled out hole that have internal threads . Granted, most are made for straight threads like bolts, maybe there are some for metal and wood screws (if not, new product idea).
Golf tees are in my bag for fixing holes. Also cut parts of shims & fill the hole.
bloody brilliant.....my carpenter charged me $75.00 to do this, took him 10 minutes.....next time he is fired!
great idea fixed my cabinet door Thanks