When either of these situations arises I then have to go to what I call “Plan
B”, the use of a dowel, to fix the stripped screw hole.
Fixing a Stripped Screw Hole Using a Dowel
Plan B starts with the use of a small section of a 3/8” or ˝” thick dowel and
the removal of the hinge from the door or jamb with the stripped screw hole.
After removing the screws from the affected hinge side, I swing the hinge away
from the stripped out screw hole so that the stripped screw hole is visible.
Next, using a ˝” or 3/8” drill bit, I drill out the stripped screw hole to a
depth equal to that of the original screw depth that penetrated the wood. Then,
with carpenters glue applied to the small section of dowel, I slide the dowel
into the hole I just drilled. I then let the dowel and glue set up for 24 hours.
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Once the dowel has firmly setup, I chisel and sand it flush with the jamb,
position the hinge back over the jamb and make a small pilot-hole mark into the
Again, I slide the door hinge out of the way and then drill a small pilot hole
into the dowel, where I made the small pilot-hole mark.
After the pilot-hole has been drilled I refasten the hinge using the original
Fixing a Stripped Screw Hole Using a Screw Hole Repair Kit
Another alternative to the dowel approach is the use of a screw hole repair kit.
It is much easier than the dowel method and comes in its own applicator. The
screw hole repair kit consists of a two part polyurethane based product that
functions as a wood re-builder. All you need to do is simply knead the two parts
together, while in their applicator, and then apply it to the stripped screw
Within a few of hours the material is solid, and can then be cut, sanded,
drilled, nailed and painted. To learn more about this type of product see Mr. Grip Stripped Screw Repair Kit.
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