Repairing Stripped Screw Holes

Repairing Stripped Screw Holes

When you own a home there are things that you come across that just make you go hmm. This is one of them. How does a hinge just pop all of the way out of the cabinet? Your bet is as good as mine. But I do know that it is time for a little repair.1 Stripped Screw Holes

Luckily a few years ago I discover the simpliest, easiest, and cheapest way to fix a stripped hole. Ready for the secret? Drum roll please. Toothpicks!

2. Stripped Holes and Toothpicks

(Please disregard the steams of different glues on the interior of the cabinet.) 

Yes I am completely serious. Just break up a couple (round) toothpicks. Try to break them so that they are roughly the same length as the hole you are filling.

3. Break into pieces

Next step is stuff those little pieces of toothpicks into the hole(s).

4. Stuff Holes

Drive your screw back into place.

5. Screwing

And done.

6. Done

I attached the hinge and it was better than ever. Ready for more exciting adventures in the kitchen.

7. Finished

This has to be the fastest and easiest home repair I know about. The whole thing took me about 2 minutes to fully complete. What are some of your home repair secrets?

Melanie

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