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spawnman 12-19-2011 01:33 PM

How to fix screw holes
So I accidentailly put my hand through the vent cover plastic on my trailer and had to replace the vent cover. To do this I had to remove the 4 screws in the trailer ceiling to drop the "gasket" piece and then drop the screen and then drop the control piece. All went well except trying to get the 4 screws back in. Just the act of removing them seem to blow the holes out and a tight fit is impossible. I ended up turning the part that attaches to the ceiling and made new holes.

Anyone have any tips on getting the screws back in tight whenever removing them?


LadyWindrider 12-19-2011 02:32 PM

Hollow wall anchors, the plastic type used on sheet rock might work for you. I have had some success with them in the past.

donn 12-19-2011 02:53 PM

Elmers glue and a toothpick is the old carpenters trick.

spawnman 12-19-2011 03:19 PM

Didn't think about wall anchors, thought maybe they would be too long, but might just work.


Danimal 01-04-2012 07:26 PM

put some hot glue in the holes then put the screws back in ( if you can do it with out the glue dripping from the holes ) maybe put some tape over the holes
the glue seems to dry around the screw and fills the viods in the bigger screw hole at the same time


MikeA 01-04-2012 07:46 PM

You could try a product such as the one pictured if you would like a more permanent solution that would allow you to more easily remove and reinstall the screws down the road. I am not sure where you would find them in your local area but I would try and industrial fastener supplier.

caper 01-04-2012 08:01 PM

I always use the same tip that Donn gave. Some glue and wooden tooth picks.

Crusader 01-04-2012 08:23 PM

I agree......glue and tooth picks.....and I am a carpenter..... 35 yrs..........

Coops1 01-04-2012 08:42 PM

glue and tooth picks... everyone has them

Gregad 02-18-2012 09:01 AM

I also use carpenters glue. On fiberglass I use epoxy and coat screw with thin coat of silicone to keep from sealing to screw.

I will fill hole with which ever, put screw in and then back it back out so the glue will gather under the material forming a nut like on the back on the laminate.

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