How to Secure Screws


Nothing is worse than a stripped screw or hole. Furniture and anything else breaks down much more quickly with loose screws. Not only does a loose screw provide a weaker piece of furniture, it also provides a safety issue. In many cases an object is completely ruined if the screws become loose. You can fix loose screws, however, without throwing out the object. With a few materials that you already have around your home, you can create a secure screw from a completely non-secure screw.

Things You'll Need

  • Twine
  • Matches
  • Nuts
  • Wood putty
  • Glue
  • Toothpicks
  • 1/4 inch dowels
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Saw
  • Remove the screw and wipe away any sawdust, drywall or other dust from the hole. Inspect the screw to see if it is stripped. If the screw is stripped, replace it with a screw that has threads that are still intact. Make sure the new screw is the same size or just a bit larger than the original screw.

  • Expand the width of the screw by wrapping some string around the screw. Place some glue on the string and re-screw it into the hole. Another option is to place some wood putty or wood glue inside the hole, and allow it to dry. If you shove a matchstick or toothpick down into the hole,it gives the screw something to grab onto again.

  • Use a nut on the back of the screw for screws that are attached to an open surface such as tables, playground equipment, furniture and anything else that is open. The nut will help keep the screw secure from the other side.

  • Use this method for screws that need to hold weight, such as door hinges. Enlarge the hole where the screw was originally placed. Make it just large enough to place a 1/4-inch dowel rod into the hole. Make the hole as deep as the screw you will be placing in the hole. Saw a piece of the dowel to match the size of the screw. Place some wood glue on the outside of the dowel, and push it into the hole. Wait until the glue dries, and screw the screw into the wooden dowel.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use lmost any material to strengthen a screw. Wire, dental floss, plastic cables and any other small material will work just as well.
  • Many hardware stores will match a screw if you ask. This saves the time you would waste looking for a similar screw on your own.

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