How to Rejuvenate a Stripped Screw Hole

by Scott Coates

Ever have a screw get pulled out of its hole and simply drilling a different hole isn't an option? Check out this simple fix...


  • Hammer
  • Hacksaw blade (optional)
  • Golf tee(s) (one per hole to fix)
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Sometimes drilling a new hole isn't an option when screws get pulled out. For example my screen door. If I drill new holes the door won't hang correctly anymore. Try this simple trick...

    Step 2

    Shove a golf tee in the stripped hole. Use a hammer to get it good and deep but tap gently so you don't split the relatively soft wood of the golf tee.

    Step 3

    Get it in as far as it'll go.

    Step 4

    Use a hacksaw blade to trim off the excess. Or, alternatively, a swift side-swipe with the hammer should give you a clean enough break.

    Step 5

    Now you have fresh new wood for the screw.

    Step 6

    Ta-da! Nice job.