The problem: Sometimes over time a screw will strip the surrounding wood so that it can no longer be tightened. This is common in older homes on door hinges, strike plates locks, etc. It is also very common on certain parts of antiques. The most common method is to use a larger or longer screw. This isn’t practical in many cases and certainly not the best practice with antiques. The best way involves using a special type of wood epoxy. Here’s the fix: Take out the stripped screw. Cut a small sliver of epoxy out of the Exact Match Wood Epoxy tube and knead it for a minute. This will activate the epoxy. Roll the epoxy out like a piece of spaghetti and make it about the thickness of the screw hole. Carefully shove the thin piece of mixed Exact Match Wood Epoxy into the hole. Put in as much as will fit and screw in your screw. Push in the screw as you turn it so that you don’t pull the epoxy out. Once you get the screw in almost all of the way in, stop turning it and wipe off the excess around the screw head. Allow the epoxy to harden for an hour and tighten the screw all of the way in. This will fix your problem for good without mucking things up with a bigger or longer screw. You will be able to tighten the screw very tight without a problem. The epoxy will hold onto the screw but will easily release it if you need to get the screw out in the future. That is the best way to permanently repair a stripped out screw hole. Keep reading our blogs for more helpful tips.