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Free Tip Friday: How to fix a loose door like a pro

Updated: May 26, 2023

Materials needed

Golf tee


Plier or hammer

Wood glue


Assess the situation: Before you start fixing the loose screw, determine the extent of the damage. If the hole is stripped or too large for the screw, you may need to use a golf tee to make it more secure.

Get a golf tee: Find a golf tee that is roughly the same size as the hole. Wooden tees are ideal, as they are softer and easier to work with.

Apply wood glue: If you want extra security, apply a small amount of wood glue around the outside of the tee before you put it into the hole.

Insert the tee: Place the skinny end of the golf tee into the hole. Make sure it's snugly fit, but not so tight that it splits the wood. Break off the tee: Using a pair of pliers or a hammer, break off the excess tee that protrudes from the hole.

Re-drill pilot hole: Using the screwdriver, drill a pilot hole into the tee in the center. This will help guide the screw back into the wood.

Screw it in: Take the screw and twist it back into the wood, starting with the pilot hole you just made.

Tighten the screw: Use the screwdriver to tighten the screw into the wood.

Congratulations! You've successfully fixed a loose screw by putting a golf tee in the hole.

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