Repair for stripped screws

Sometimes the wood surrounding a screw becomes so torn up that it no longer holds the screw securely. Here’s a fix for stripped screws.

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Fix a stripped screw

Sometimes the wood surrounding a screw becomes so torn up that it no longer holds the screw securely. Here’s a rock-solid remedy from reader Ken Rosette. Drill a 1/4-in. hole to clear the torn fibers, then glue a short piece of 1/4-in. dowel in the hole. When the glue is dry, saw or sand the dowel flush with the board surface, then drill a pilot hole in the dowel and drive in the screw. You can also try grabbing a rubberband if you’ve got a stripped screw.

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