How To Fix a Stripped Screw Hole On An Interior Door Review

How To Fix a Stripped Screw Hole On An Interior Door Review

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Recently I decided to permanently fix the stripped screw holes on many of my interior Click here to shop at Freeman Furniture Designs!doors. When I built my house I decided to save a little money by purchasing doors from a builder’s surplus warehouse. The doors included door jambs, hinges and doors that were previously hung so the screw holes were already there. Once we installed them I noticed that many of the holes in the doors and jams were stripped and would not allow for the screw to tighten firmly.

After tightening and re-tightening I tried filling the holes with wood putty but the screws still would not hold tightly and the doors would once again sag. Finally I took my search to Google and found a couple of interesting solutions. One solution was to use a golf tee to plug the holes and then saw them off and sand them down. I decided to use the second method (since I don’t have golf tees lying around) which was to glue tooth picks in the holes. Here’s what you’ll need:

  1. Wooden Toothpicks
  2. Hammer
  3. Wood Glue
  4. Screw Driver or Drill
  1. Materials needed

Break 3 toothpicks in half.

Coat the toothpicks with wood glue.





Stuff the toothpicks in the holes (If the holes are large use 3 or more toothpicks).



Tap toothpicks into the stripped holes.


Continue to tap in the remaining holes. Wipe away excess glue as needed.



Allow 30 minutes or longer for the wood glue to dry.

Once the glue has dried lightly sand or wipe away any excess glue or debris. Refit the hinge plate, drill new pilot holes and drive in screws to complete the job.































































This method will also work for stripped holes in wooden furniture as well. If the wooden holes have become stripped (meaning they are too large for the screw) and the screw will not firmly tighten down then you might want to give this method a shot. As a tip try to tap the toothpicks into the holes as far as they can go. If you have excess hanging outside of the hole simply snap the toothpicks off and sand flush. Hope this helps!

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