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harley-dave

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Posted: 03/24/13 08:12am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, the subject says it all. My Winnie has those thin wood walls and some of the screws holding misc. plates and brackets are stripping out. How do I repair the holes so I can tighten the wood screws and keep thing from coming off the wall?

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Down and dirty simple fix? Take a tooth pick and some Elmer's glue. Apply a small amount of glue to the tooth pick and shove it in the hole. Once the glue is dry, replace the screw. Good for nearly ever. BTW this is a great fix for particle board holes too.


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thanks donn0128, I like simple fixes. Simple and durable is even better. I had thought about glue but needed an idea on something to put in the hole to make it smaller.

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donn0128 wrote:

Down and dirty simple fix? Take a tooth pick and some Elmer's glue. Apply a small amount of glue to the tooth pick and shove it in the hole. Once the glue is dry, replace the screw. Good for nearly ever. BTW this is a great fix for particle board holes too.


been using this trick for a while now and donn's right...the repaired hole will hold for a long, long time. but, depending on the size of the hole, you may need more than one toothpick.


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donn0128 wrote:

Down and dirty simple fix? Take a tooth pick and some Elmer's glue. Apply a small amount of glue to the tooth pick and shove it in the hole. Once the glue is dry, replace the screw. Good for nearly ever. BTW this is a great fix for particle board holes too.


My son says the mechanic's fix is to use wire instead of a toothpick. While that works in metal I'm not so sure about wood. I'm going to try it on my yard gates where the latch screws come loose regularly with the toothpick method.


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Another way is to use a small plastic sheetrock wall anchor. It can just push into the too-large hole, and will stay in the hole if you have to remove the item that is attached.


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I never would have tried that with that thin paneling, I would have replaced the screw with a molly bolt "it would be permanent" that paneling is so thin.


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rk911 wrote:

donn0128 wrote:

Down and dirty simple fix? Take a tooth pick and some Elmer's glue. Apply a small amount of glue to the tooth pick and shove it in the hole. Once the glue is dry, replace the screw. Good for nearly ever. BTW this is a great fix for particle board holes too.


been using this trick for a while now and donn's right...the repaired hole will hold for a long, long time. but, depending on the size of the hole, you may need more than one toothpick.

We also have used this trick for years. Our RV has many toothpicks in it. Simple fix and last, most of the time, forever.


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I to use the toothpick trick, but that isn’t the answer for your promlem…

Screws will never hold well in thin wood paneling… you need to install one of the the types of wall mollies available to hold especially while bouncing down the highways…




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thanks all. You guy's are making this entirely too easy!! I'm going to have to screw around on a few holes just to say I had to work at it!!

Dave

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