How to Fix Stripped Screw Holes

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Can you repair stripped screw holes by gluing a wooden dowel into the holes and then trimming it flush, allowing you to drill a new pilot hole into the area. View a demonstration in this free video of professional home help tips.

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Hi, my name's Chris Palmer. Today, I'm going to show you how to fix stripped screw holes. What do you do when that screw just won't bite because all the wood is stripped out of the hole? You can repair it with a few easy steps. The first thing you want to do is find a piece of wood, it could be a piece of dowel. Or, if you don't have any dowel on hand, split a chunk out of a scrap piece of wood, and take your sharp utility knife, and whittle it down so it would slide tightly into that stripped screw hole. The next thing you do, is just coat it with glue, make sure there's plenty of wood glue on the dowel, doesn't hurt to put a little bit in the hole as well. Slide the dowel into the hole, and tap it firmly into place with a few gentle raps with your hammer. Next, you can take a flush cut saw, and trim it flush. A chisel will work just as well. If you leave a little nub, sand it flush, and let the glue dry. Then, you're all set to drill a new pilot hole, and drive your screw home. Thanks for watching. I'm Chris Palmer. That's how you repair stripped screw holes in wood.

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