Stripped bakelite box screw hole


Old 07-15-13, 05:06 PM
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Stripped bakelite box screw hole

Any trade secrets to repair stripped out receptacle mounting screw hole in an old bakelite box?
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Old 07-15-13, 05:13 PM
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Have you tried a slightly longer self tapping screw ?
Old 07-15-13, 05:23 PM
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Some epoxy like J-B Weld...pushed in to the hole...then put the screw in. Spray the screw with silicone or similar (wipe most off), let the epoxy set and the screw should come right back out.

Or a slightly longer self tapping
Old 07-15-13, 05:54 PM
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Or you might try a #8 panhead screw.
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If I was going to try using a #8 machine screw, I would make sure the device yoke would accept it and I would tap the stripped hole in the box.
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Agreed, Nashkat1. Bakelite has absolutely no "give" so it will almost certainly break if you try to use a screw with a larger diameter. I've used a small sliver of wood with decent results.

Never tried the JB Weld. Sounds like a plan.
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Thanks guys,

When I posted I subscribed to thread but didn't change the method and was wondering why I hadn't got any replies.

Anyway, great ideas. I'll give the epoxy and silicone a try. I was considering epoxying a nut to the face of the box. A longer screw won't work as it is a thru hole.

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