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<p>I use wood golf tees, works great!</p>
Bamboo skewers work the best as the fibers run one direction. I use them when door hinge screws wont hold.
Use a Rawlplug theyr made for the job. <br>They come in different sizes to suit the screw.
The problem with matches or toothpicks are two-fold. First, they strip themselves, fairly quickly (or perhaps shred would be a better description). And second, they put a lot of sideways pressure on the wood, and can cause it to strip.<br><br>A better fix is to drill out the hole with a 1/4&quot; bit, put some glue on a length of 1/4&quot; dowel, and hammer it in. When it's dry, cut it flush (you do have a flush-cut saw, don't you?) and drill a new pilot hole for the screw.
This: &quot;they put a lot of sideways pressure on the wood, and can cause it to strip&quot;<br><br>was supposed to be &quot;can cause it to split&quot;.<br><br>Toothpicks, etc., can make an easy, fast fix, but they'll strip themselves, in a couple of years, and if you keep jamming in more you can split the wood.<br><br>It wasn't until the third time of having to go back to the same door, after having &quot;fixed&quot; it with toothpicks, that I got fed up and went with a permanent fix. <br><br>And for this sort of problem, the fastest permanent fix is to dowel it. It doesn't take but a few seconds, if you have glue, drill, and dowel on-hand.
Another fix is to fill the hole with steel wool and then drive the screw back in.
I don't bother with glue -I just shove in a wooden match and that seems to do the trick.
This is actually a fantastic idea! I've done it my self from time to time! It works like a charm and holds really well.

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