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Old 10-27-2014, 10:13 AM   #1
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I think I have a screw loose.

What do y'all do for those occasional stripped screws in the trailer?

Especially the ones that go into the walls they present the most challenge due to the wall being so thin.

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Old 10-27-2014, 10:30 AM   #2
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Easy peasy...get some wood glue (I like Gorilla but Elmers wood glue is good, too) and a few toothpicks.

Dip 1-2 toothpicks into the glue and insert as far as you can into the hole...cut off any sticking out so it's flush.

Either wait for the glue to dry or, for a more permanent hold, screw into the hole while the glue is wet.

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Old 10-27-2014, 11:02 AM   #3
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^^ Ditto! Works like a champ!

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Old 10-27-2014, 11:32 AM   #4
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Loose screw!

I'll have to agree with you DKRITTER, I believe you have a "loose screw"!!!!

And I have to agree with ColoradoRick about the fix. You can also use a
shortened golf wooden "T" inserted into the hole full of Gorilla Glue. Just follow the directions on the Gorilla Glue container about wetting the surface to be glued or it will not work!

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Old 10-27-2014, 11:33 AM   #5
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The tooth pick or golf tee trick works well when the hole needing repaired is thick enough. The thin lauan plywood that I have had to modify or repair holes in has been too thin for that trick. In those cases what I do is glue another piece of the lauan to the back side of the hole. Once the glue set drill a pilot hole and I am good to go. If that hole stips then I do the tooth pick or golf tee.
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Old 11-04-2014, 02:09 PM   #6
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The biggest problem I have with stripped screw holes is on the fenders and side panels. I just cut a small piece of hardwood and place on the backside of the panel to place the screws into.

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Take a dremel and cut a slit in the stripped Phillips screw then you can use a regular slotted screwdriver to remove it, had to do that on a few occasions. I put a piece of duct tape around the screw in case the tool slips

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Old 11-04-2014, 03:39 PM   #8
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That's funny....the DW tells me all the time that I have a few screws loose, but I haven't been able to find them yet!
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Old 11-04-2014, 03:47 PM   #9
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Just insert a shallow plastic insert made for thin plywood paneling.
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Get a rivet gun and an assorted box of rivets. Always useful in times of repair.

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