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Forum topic by dakremer posted 05-18-2012 05:30 AM 2550 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2012 05:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: match stick screw fix


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#1 posted 05-18-2012 06:40 AM

That’s pretty clever right there!

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 11:11 AM

Do they still make wooden maches?

I did that a few times but I made my own with a small piece of wood I sharpen the end drive it in and cut it flush with a knife.

A door sometime the screws will come loose so you remouve the srews and fill the holes and screw it back in place.

Good trick

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 11:18 AM

Firstly, this is a good reminder that some of the simple techniques that seem old and natural to some (I’ve watched my Dad do this since I was a little boy, and I’m quite grown up by now) are new, neat and novel to others. So thanks Dakremer for putting this up. We should all rack our brains for some more just like it.

Second, I worked with a tech teacher last year who uses skewers instead of matches. They are quite a lot tougher so the screw really does hold well. For small holes though, matches fit better.

Lastly, I’ve never seem my Dad do this with a pencil, scissors or glue. Just push it in, snap it off, repeat if there is still room in the hole, and screw away. Even without the precision and the glue, it still works fine ;-)

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#4 posted 05-18-2012 11:51 AM

I use toothpicks. Also works without gluing, but not quite as well.

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#5 posted 05-18-2012 01:53 PM

Flat toothpicks work the best. Stick the big end in the hole, snap it of, stick the little end in the hole and snap it off. Repeat until the void is filled. I’ve never used glue, but it works great every time.

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#6 posted 05-18-2012 03:28 PM

+1 for toothpicks. Picked it up watching my dad do it with fllat toothpicks the same way ShopTinker described. Dad sometimes glued, but usually not. I usually glue.

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#7 posted 05-18-2012 04:15 PM

Nice idea. I’d probably cut a small piece of a harder wood though, match sticks are pretty soft.

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#8 posted 05-18-2012 05:27 PM

I have used matches, tooth picks and whittled my own. I have also drilled out a mess and inserted a dowel or the correct size. I like bamboo skewers better than most other things. We tend to use what we have on hand. I bought a package of skewers for the shop. Good post.

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#9 posted 05-18-2012 05:33 PM

I went to bamboo skewers about six months ago and never looked back. They are tough, but will strand just a bit and give just enough to let the screw regrab. A pack of them at the grocery store is about $2.00, and you never have to worry about burning yourself! I find flat toothpicks lately are made from lesser woods, and often fall apart.

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