How to Fix a Screw Hole in a Drywall If It's Loose

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Screws that are inserted into drywall can become loose over time. The screw can move around in the drywall, creating a bigger hole that will not hold the screw. Fixing this problem involves a wall anchor in the hole to hold the screw more securely. An alternative to a wall anchor is a larger screw, but a larger screw may not fit the item attached to the drywall with the screw.

Things You'll Need

  • Wall anchor
  • Screw (larger than the original screw)
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver

Remove the screw from the item and the drywall to which the item is attached with a screwdriver. Examine the item and determine if a larger screw can be used with it.

If a larger screw can be used, insert the larger screw into the item and then into the drywall where the old hole is located. The larger screw will increase the size of the hole, threading into fresh drywall and holding more securely.

If a larger screw is not feasible, acquire a wall anchor that is the size of the hole in the drywall. Insert the wall anchor into the hole. Use a hammer to gently tap the wall anchor until it is flush with the surface of the drywall.

Insert the screw through the item and into the wall anchor. The wall anchor will hold the screw securely.

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