(Topic ID: 117460)

Stripped Screws and Toothpick Method

By Gusphan

4 years ago

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  • Latest reply 4 years ago by wrig54
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    #1 4 years ago

    I've got some stripped screws under the playfield that are no longer able to hold up a coil assembly. There are 6 screws total.

    It's been recommend that I use the toothpick and glue method. Any additional advice would be welcome (such as type of glue, etc...).

    #2 4 years ago

    wood glue. I use bamboo skewers.

    #3 4 years ago

    Another method, although sometimes not possible due to location, is to use tnuts. Place tnuts into the hole or holes and allow the tnuts to be the hole for the screws. Personally, when the location of the screws allow this, I think its a better fix. The area got chewed up and enlarged the hole with the screw pprobably because of the amount of torque the screw gets. Tnuts will handle that much better than toothpicks and wood glue.

    #4 4 years ago
    Quoted from rad:

    wood glue. I use bamboo skewers.

    +1. Done this many times and never had any issues.

    #5 4 years ago

    While I thin t-nuts would be the more elegant solution, I've had good luck with Tim Arnold's advice: http://tuukan.fliput.net/tim_en.html (See tip #24)
    Basically, put machine screws up through the holes and nut down onto them. I cover the ends with rubber tips. Voila!

    #6 4 years ago

    I too use Bamboo skewers with wood glue. Works great.

    #7 4 years ago

    Tee nuts are usually put on the bottom of the playfield to hold stuff on top, not stuff on the bottom of the playfield, there are a few acceptions. If I have some stripped holes on the bottom of a playfield, sometime I will upsize the thickness of the screw, not the length obviously, from #6 to #7 or 8. I have used #10 a few times but they require enlarging the holes in the item being mounted. Proximity to the edges of the playfield and cutouts is a concern, and I mark in pencil next to each enlagred hole so I know which size screw goes there .

    If you don't want to upsize, glue and boo works.'

    #9 4 years ago

    The other thing I've seen used pretty effectively is the cardboard shaft from a q-tip. A little thicker than a toothpick.

    #10 4 years ago

    I think I'll go with the bamboo skewers as they are thicker than a toothpick.

    #11 4 years ago

    Yup bamboo and wood glue . Add a little glue ,Stick the skewer into the hole and trim to fit . I also use a tooth pick to fill and tighten if it's really shot.

    #12 4 years ago
    Quoted from rad:

    wood glue. I use bamboo skewers.

    +1 on the skewers. Much better sizing than toothpicks.

    #13 4 years ago

    I use skewers, toothpicks and two part epoxy cement.

    #14 4 years ago

    I have used three toothpicks in the past. It fits a lot better and it centers the screw.

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