can you use wood filler for stripped screw holes?

Have you ever stripped a screw hole in a piece of wood? Or maybe you’ve had to remove one that was already stripped.

In either case, this can be a real pain. Thankfully, there are several ways to fill stripped screw holes in wood. You just have to know what they are!

Will screws hold in wood filler?

The short answer is yes, but it depends on the thickness of the wood filler. If you’re using a thick wood filler and long screws, then it will work perfectly fine.

Wood filler alone can’t support much weight. It’s just not strong enough by itself.

The longer screws are better at transferring that force to a secure connection between two pieces of wood because they transfer more force through stronger materials than shorter screws do.

How do you fill stripped screw holes in wood?

You can fill stripped screw holes in wood with the following:

  • Wood filler
  • Wood putty
  • Glue (not wood glue, but any other kind of glue)

If you’re just going for a quick fix and don’t care about how it looks when it dries, use two-part epoxy. It’s probably best to let it dry overnight before trying to sand or paint over it, though.

Can I fill a hole with wood filler?

If you’re wondering if you should fill a hole with wood filler, the answer is yes! Wood filler is great for filling holes in wood. You don’t need to do anything special to make sure it works—you can use it just like any other type of filler.

Here’s what we recommend: First, clean the area around your hole with sandpaper or steel wool so that there are no sharp edges sticking out and causing problems when you apply the wood filler.

Then simply spread a thin layer of drywall compound over the hole and let it dry before sanding down any bumps or ridges left behind by uneven application (if there are any).

Once dry, apply another layer of drywall compound and repeat until smooth (or until satisfied).

How do you repair stripped wood?

If you have stripped the threads on your screw hole, the first thing to do is determine if it’s small enough to repair with wood filler.

If so, then use a drill bit that’s slightly smaller than the diameter of your screw head and drill out all but about 1/4 inch of wood around the stripped area.

Then fill the space with wood filler and allow it to dry completely before reinstalling screws or nails into it.

If you don’t want to bother with filling in holes and re-drilling new holes after installing something like shelves again later down the road (see above), then skip ahead!

You will probably be best off just starting over by purchasing new hardware instead of trying to fix what has already been damaged by stripping some screws.

How do you reuse a stripped screw hole?

If you have stripped screw holes, there are two ways to repair them. Use a screw extractor, or use a drill bit.

A screw extractor is an insert that screws into the stripped hole and uses leverage to unscrew the bolt. This can be difficult if you don’t have enough space for leverage on either side of the bolt head.

In this case, you can use an impact driver with a drill bit attachment instead—just be sure not to damage any surrounding wood when using it!

How do you fix a screw that won’t tighten wood?

Screws are often stripped by over-tightening. It’s important to remember that you should never use more than an ounce of force when tightening a screw into wood.

If you feel like the head of the screw is binding, it’s time to stop and try again with less torque on the wrench.

When this happens (and it will), there are several things you can do to remove a stripped screw:

  • Use a drill bit that matches the size of your stripped screw hole, then drill straight through it until you’ve reached its depth in the wood. You’ll need a smaller bit than normal because this will be done by hand rather than with power tools; they’re also less expensive than extractors or hammers!
  • Hammer from above until it grabs hold and pulls straight out without damaging other parts nearby like your wallboard or floorboards below it.* *Use two different sized wrenches so one slides up under bottom edge while other passes through metal part holding inside shaft.* *Try a small slotted head driver if a hole has been countersunk first time around; if not then just apply some pressure downwards onto protruding end while turning back towards yourself…

How do you fix a stripped screw hole in wood with toothpicks?

  • If the toothpick is too thick, you can use a thin piece of wire to add some support to your plug.
  • To do this, thread the screw through a drill bit and into one end of a toothpick. Use another drill bit as an anchor on the other side of your plug. Repeat these steps as many times as needed until you have enough material in place to fill in the hole you’re working on.
  • Once you have all of your plugs placed, drill out any excess wood with a small bit so that when it comes time for tightening down your screws again, there’ll be nothing left behind except cleanly drilled holes.[2]

How big of a hole can you fill with wood filler?

You can fill holes as large as 1-3/4 inches wide. This is because the filler will dry to about half its original thickness, so it’s important that you don’t apply too much at once, or else it may crack when you try to sand it smooth.

The maximum size of a hole that you can fill with wood filler is 4 inches long and 3-1/2 inches wide.


Hopefully, you now have a better understanding of how to repair stripped screw holes in wood. You can use many different methods to do this, but it’s important to choose the right one for your project.

If you’re looking for an easy solution that requires little skill or experience on your part, then using toothpicks may be a good option!

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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