How to Fix Pulled Out Screws




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Pulled out screws can be really annoying. They can make cabinet handles wiggly and leave your closet messed up with no way to fix it. Or is there a way to fix it? Today I'm going to show you how I fixed this problem with the help of my Dad.
Hope you like this tutorial!

Step 1: Materials

For a pulled out screw in wood you will need:

1. Matchsticks - preferably already burnt out to avoid fire hazard
2. A drill, combo bit, or whatever you use to drill in the screw.
3. Scissors
4. Screws
5. Elmers glue

For a pulled out screw in metal you will need:

1. A plastic container you can cut up- like the ones from the grocery store
2. E6000 glue
3. Drill, combo bit, or other
4. Screws
5. An Awl

Step 2: Fixing Pulled Out Screws in Wood

1. Put Elmer's glue in the hole where the screw got stripped, and stick in one matchstick
2. Cut the matchstick to the level of the wooden surface
3. Place the screw where it should go and drill it in.
It should work!
If you need more to have it stay, put more matchsticks in!

Step 3: Fixing Pulled Out Screws in Metal

1. Cut a strip of plastic such that it covers the stripped holes.
2. Cover one side of the plastic in E6000 glue and stick it over the holes
3. Poke small holes in the plastic with the awl
4. Place the screw there and drill!

I guarantee that you will be surprised with how great the results are!

Thanks for reading my tutorial, and let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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    7 Discussions


    3 years ago

    In wood I often drill the screw hole up to the size of a wooden dowel and then glue a dowel in.

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    3 years ago

    Hot glue! Works in wood, concrete, other stones and metal. Just make sure that the hole is cleaned from any dust. In wood - just fill the hole with hot glue, let it cool down and drill the screw in. In any other materials - fill the hole with reallly hot (and thus liquid) hot glue, immediately put an approbriate screw anchor in, let it cool down and drill the screw in.

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    Fuzzy MonkeyPumuggel

    Reply 3 years ago

    That's also a good idea! For the metal I wouldn't be able to use that though since the metal on my cabinets is hollow. Thanks for sharing!


    3 years ago

    I think your dad went to the same school as mine... School of handy-men :-)