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Repairing Stripped Wood Screw Holes

Loose, stripped screws are one of the most common minor issues we run into when repairing furniture and wood trim. Wood compressed between the screw threads has sheared loose, resulting in an endlessly spinning screw and a loose, ineffective joint. In most cases, all you need for a solid repair is a small handful of toothpicks and some wood glue. Squeeze a little glue in the hole and push in as many toothpicks as it takes to fill the opening tightly. Make sure you tap them all the way to the bottom of the hole. Carefully score and snap the toothpicks to leave them flush with the surface of the wood. With plenty of wood to wedge between threads, you’re ready to re-install the screw for a strong, tight joint!
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