Why can’t home improvement be straightforward, like it is on TV? For those of us without a team of experts handy, little things can turn a simple project into a complicated, expensive undertaking. One of the most common “little things” is anchoring a screw in a stripped hole. Here’s a hack for fixing a stripped hole–and you can do this with toothpicks.
Let’s say you’ve taken down a shelf or curio cabinet to paint the wall. You’re feeling pretty good about yourself and your home improvement project–until it’s time to re-hang the shelf. The screw pops right in and then turns and turns… the hole is stripped. Grab some toothpicks and pack them into the hole, giving the screw something to anchor it.