Step 4: A handy tool worth having

The photo shows a wire stripper tool for household electrical work. These are available in many tool departments, particularly in the electrical tools at a big box store. They are not expensive to buy. 

Although useful for stripping wire sizes commonly used in homes and for pinching crimp connectors, this one also has five holes on each side of the tool for cutting screws of different common sizes without damaging their threads. The screws for cabinet hardware are 8-32 in thread size (#8 diameter screw, 32 threads per inch). 
I was looking for the thread type for the drawer nut as I had to tap custom handles and found it here. Thanks Allan Townsville
Glad to have been of help. Thank you for looking.
Thank You!! I'm not living alone, but we've had two of those electrical tools around forever ... and had no clue those holes were screw cutters.
Not only do they cut screws, but they preserve the threads pretty much undamaged on the portion you want to use. Thank you for looking and for commenting.
If you don't have that tool to cut screws there is a trick to cutting threads with a hack saw where you pull up on the unsupported end right before you cut through and threads come out so you can use them. In my workshop I usually cut threads straight off, chamfer on a grinder, then wire wheel them myself. But that method does require the most equipment.<br><br>I've filled stripped holes with JB Weldit and then redrilled and retapped them. Of course the simplest method is just throw some epoxy in there, put it together and wait for it to dry, but that has its drawbacks if you ever want to disassemble hardware. I've also filled holes with braze, or even weld then done the whole drill tap routine on it. Depends on the situation, what I'm looking for etc. Also I've drilled out plenty then retapped it to the next size up. That is always my first choice for dealing with stripped out stuff because to me it is the best, and easiest fix. But it often isn't an option for a variety of reasons.<br><br>I've done as you suggest here and still had blow outs. Some hardware is under sized, and some materials are inferior and having the top stripped out already is just another strike against you sometimes.
Thank you for the information on alternatives. So far I have never had stripped threads in the knobs or pulls when I used longer screws. Filling with braze or welding could be possible if one can be certain the melting point of the cabinet hardware is not too low. When I did this, I envisioned the woman who lives alone and may not know about the screw cutting section on a wire stripper. She is in a better position to help herself than she may know.
Those aren't alternatives for stripped pulls necessarily just other stripped things. Ever tried just wrapping the screw with some thin wire and threading it back in? Sort of like a homemade Heli-Coil.
Only you Phil would have thought an Inbl like this, very well done as always. <br>Thank you for sharing
Thanks, Steli. It seemed to me this is a common problem. The fix is probably obvious to many. But, there may be some, especially younger people out on their own for the first time, who would not think of how to solve the problem, other than bubble gum or cellophane tape. Thanks for looking. I hope all is well with you.

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