How to fix a stripped wooden screw hole

How to fix a stripped wooden screw hole

May 3, 2018

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DIY instructions to repair a stripped screw hole in wood. Quick and easy with no special tools.

36 Replies to “How to fix a stripped wooden screw hole”

  1. Fill the whole with your wood, watch the glue dribble out.

    I dont bother drilling the whole, I just go straight in.
    You can drill a nice tiny whole if you want if you need to guide it in.

    1. …I feel like this shouldn’t be a question…and the fact that it is, makes me wonder if you should own tools. For your own safety mate…

  2. Brilliant! Thank you so much! I was going to go out and buy bigger screws but this is a great idea.

  3. Short and sweet. Thanks! Side note though, the subtitles are a little wonky at times. Not sure if that’s something you can edit or if that’s YouTube’s doing.

  4. Fantastic, easy fix!!! thanks!!! My dumb self was trying to use wood putty and it never holds!!! this easy fix worked like a champ. Also, great video!! I hate watching tutorials on youtube where they stretch out what could take 3 or 4 minutes into a 10 minute piece with crappy music in the background or worse!

  5. Also works with Popsicle sticks. The non-sticky end, mind you. Thank you for showing me how to make the first repair in my new house ^_^

    1. I had the same problem, hollow wood. First I made another hole on the plate of the door hinge, in between the other holes. I used a set of step drill bits to make a new hole and inserted a new screw. It worked on an interior door but not on the exterior door due to wood rot. For the exterior door I used hollow wall anchors size 6-32 at a depth of 2 inches, its a temporary workaround meanwhile I get the whole door and frame replaced. https://www.homedepot.com/p/6-32-x-2-3-8-in-Zinc-Plated-Steel-Hollow-Wall-Anchors-with-Truss-Head-Combo-Drive-Screws-25-Pack-804082/204273424

  6. I’ve been a trim carpenter for more years than I care to remember. Golf tee’s work great for this. I always have a bag of them handy for exactly this situation.

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