Stripped screw receptical


Old 01-03-06, 03:04 PM
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Stripped screw receptical

Any tips on how to get the screws on a light switch to hold in a plastic receptical box?
The holes are stripped.

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Old 01-03-06, 03:09 PM
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Jam the hole full of toothpicks dipped in elmer's glue. When the glue sets up, trim the toothpicks flush with an utility knife, and use a sheet metal screw.
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Epoxy is also frequently recommended. Fill the hole with epoxy, let it dry, drill a new pilot hole, and reinstall the screw.
Old 10-01-09, 10:18 AM
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A bit of a hack but I have used coarse thread Sheetrock screws.
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Before you start useing tooth picks and glue and stuff like that, try to use a tri-tap and re-tap the threads, that way if it works it still looks clean and professional.
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Run a #8 tap in and use #8 screws.

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