Materials

DAP Plastic Wood Cellulose Fibre Filler

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Cure for stripped screw holes

For years, I was frustrated by stripped screw holes, particularly with wooden doors. To get a screw to stay in the stripped hole, I stuffed wood pieces, plastic anchors, basically anything I could find that would fit in the hole. Usually, the fix failed, and I was again searching for a MacGyver fix.

A friend suggested plastic wood, which can easily be found at your local hardware store. Simply squeeze a thin layer into the stripped hole, let it dry, then repeat until the area is sufficiently closed up. It’s easy to use and quick-drying, and is sandable and paintable. Usage isn’t limited to screw holes, it can be used on any finished or unfinished wood. Highly recommended.

-- Tony Bieda 06/23/20

(This is a Cool Tools favorite from 2015 — editors)