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Old 01-14-2013, 05:06 AM   #1
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The screws that hold the backet on my entrance door have become loose and the holes have enlarged so much that the screws no longer have any grip. I thought ablout drilling new holes that the bracket plate would hide but there are already 2 holes there from I'm guessing they missed the first time while building the unit. Any ideas on how to handle this ?

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Old 01-14-2013, 07:45 AM   #2
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I've found that toothpicks and a good wood glue (the hide type, don't get the urethane Gorilla, too brittle, the same for the white all-purpose type) will repair most of those problems.

You'll use the toothpicks, broken off at the proper length, coated with the hide glue, to fill the hole and provide "new wood" for the screws to bite into. Use a pilot drill to start a new hole and re-insert the screws. That usually takes care of the problem and the hide glue, being a little more resilient will aid in the "bite" of the screw and take a little more abuse before letting the screw hole enlarge again, if ever it does...

My 2 cents, your mileage may vary...

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