Tip & How-To about Hardware & Accessories
Sometimes you will find metal screws that are loose or will not tighten and just spin, because the material threads have been worn or expanded. My simple solution is to get fine wire and insert one or more strands into the hole then reattach the screw. For strong metallic materials such as steel or aluminum, use strands from a metal cable or steel wire. For softer materials such as plastics, use strands of copper wire. If one strand isn't enough, just add more strands. Remember the inserted strands will be broken when removing the same screws later, since the hole is now larger, so you need more strands to replace the broken ones.
For wood, use a toothpick. Add some wood glue to strengthen the material in the hole, let it dry then reattach the screw.
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