Tighten Loose Screws
A wooden chopstick makes a handy plug for a stripped-out screw hole.
Save those wooden or bamboo chopsticks from your next Chinese takeout meal. Why, you ask? Have you ever found yourself having to fill a stripped-out screw hole? The best way to plug it is with a chopstick, which has a fine grain and is easy to whittle to the right diameter using a utility knife. Wipe some wood glue on the stick, hammer it into the screw hole, snap it off, and run in the screw.
—Gerret Wikoff, Los Angeles, Calif.
Edited and Illustrated by Charles Miller
From Fine Homebuilding #293