Advice to proceed on a loose strap pin?

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  1. Breen

    Breen Friend of Leo's

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    One came off and it's a screw too loose for the hole, the thread is not biting. The other one is going too.

    Any advice on anything I can do on my own, before I send it to the docs?
     
  2. sjtalon

    sjtalon Doctor of Teleocity

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    Plug the hole with a tooth pick or more and then you can wood glue them in as well.

    That usually works great.

    Whatever wood, a match. Some even drill the hole out a little and get SMALL wooden dowels to glue in
     
  3. reflected

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    +1 for the toothpick!
     
  4. bingy

    bingy Friend of Leo's

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    Toothpicks, not wooden match! (toothpicks hard, match stick soft.
    Fill the hole with wood glue and cover the toothpicks before you jam them in.
    Predrill or, do what I do, use an awl to punch a pilot hole
     
  5. KevinB

    KevinB Doctor of Teleocity

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    Yes, use toothpicks not matches!

    And I'd replace the #6 x 1 3/4" screws with #6 x 2" screws (they are "Oval head Philips screws for sheet metal") just to be on the safe side.
     
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    + another 1 for the toothpick/cocktail stick fix. I've done it a few times. Only once on a really bad one have I had to drill out & put a dowel in.
    Get some good PVA woodglue & fill the hole. Three toothpicks tapped in lightly with a small hammer (you don't want to split the body) Shave some of the sides of them if the fit is too tight. Cut the end of the sticks off flat to the body & wipe off any excess glue before it dries.
    Wait a day for it to dry.
    Using three picks means you get a hole automatically centred in the middle for your screw. The idea of a slightly longer one if possible wouldn't go amiss either.
     
  7. OlRedNeckHippy

    OlRedNeckHippy Friend of Leo's

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    I fill the holes with a wood epoxy putty like this one from JB Weld, let it stand overnight, then drill it out and use a screw at least 1-1/2 inches long.
    I've done many and have never had one come loose.
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  8. twiggymac

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    krazy glue with a toothpick should be more than enough to keep her from being loose
     
  9. dsutton24

    dsutton24 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I do this quite a bit, and in fact I often drill out the strap buttons so I can use #8 x 3" screws. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing!:D
     
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    I filled my strap holes with Polyfilla wood filler, then ran the screws in before it dried. When dry it formed a super strong bond and the strap posts have been fine since.
     
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