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Old 04-15-2017, 07:39 PM   #1
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Many, Many lose screws.

On the road on the way home stopped at a campground for a few days. While doing a little visual outside inspection noticed some screws backing out of slides and other places. Grabbed my screw driver to tighten them up. Most of them acted as though they were stripped out. So sad. I have a thought on how to attack this problem but would like some input on what you guys would do.

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Old 04-15-2017, 07:47 PM   #2
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1. get a jar to put loose screws and things in that you find on the floor.
2. get a tube of Loctite.
3. have fun putting them back in.
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:58 PM   #3
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Tooth pics dipped in wood glue,put 2-3 in hole and break off even! Run screw in by "HAND" till tight! Done Deal! Youroo!!
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Most of them acted as though they were stripped out.
if they are stripped, I would replace with the next size screw, ... and if outside, I'd certainly use stainless, ......
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Old 04-16-2017, 11:16 AM   #5
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That was my train of thought youroo. Thanks for the info guys.
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Old 04-16-2017, 11:22 AM   #6
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Tooth pics dipped in wood glue,put 2-3 in hole and break off even! Run screw in by "HAND" till tight! Done Deal! Youroo!!
Yup!

Or one could fill the hole with JB Weld let it cure and then drill a starter hole then put the screw back.
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:02 PM   #7
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Get a piece of 1/8" or 3/16" /etc dowelling and dip into glue and gently hammer it in hole...Works!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:07 PM   #8
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Take a small tie wrap or two, put a bend in the end = the hole depth. Use 1 or 2 in the hole as needed. Insert screw and secure. Cut off excess tie wrap
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:13 PM   #9
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Tooth pics dipped in wood glue,put 2-3 in hole and break off even! Run screw in by "HAND" till tight! Done Deal! Youroo!!
Works really well. Done it many times, even on the boat which takes a pounding, and has always held up.
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:21 PM   #10
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Thin and short length of solid copper wire placed in hole then put screw in same purpose of toothpicks. Copper is soft and will take the threads of the screw
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Are screws outside on slide? My slide had too small of screws and not enough. I'll try to add photos. Couldn't find any.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:22 PM   #12
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On the advice of a guy who'd been RV'ing for at least a hunnert and fitty years, I go around our entire rig every six months or so and check every visible screw for tightness. First time I was amazed, now, not so much....just part of owning a house that rolls down the highway and takes me to happy places all over our great country
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Old 04-26-2017, 01:43 PM   #13
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The toothpick method is the correct way.
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Old 04-26-2017, 01:46 PM   #14
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Yeah, everything needs to be tightened often.

I was utterly shocked to find that all the nuts holding the floor to the frame of my unit were loose. I only discovered it while investigating another construction issue. Every last one....some were almost all spun off. I changed them to nylon lock nut after that.
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Old 04-26-2017, 02:24 PM   #15
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Hmmm DW says I have loose screws??? I never understood.
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Old 04-27-2017, 10:37 AM   #16
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great info on holding in loose screws! toothpicks, matchsticks, dowels, copper wire, zip ties, jb weld, next size up screws, nylok, Loctite, etc. I guess i'm not the only one that has had screws fall out.
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Old 05-06-2017, 08:34 AM   #17
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Drive in a glue coated, wooden golf tee.
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