door jam repair

Redid sloppy contractor work...door jam light switch...exisitng split in wood starts at switch screw and then slopes to edge..no way to clamp, wood split is too small for screws..thought of using finishing brad(s) but afraid it will split more...any suggestions?
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Chris Carruth wrote:

Whether screw or nail predrill and it will not fail.
There's always a way to clamp. Sometimes a spring board can be used - basically a board that is slightly longer than the distance from the surface to be clamped to the closest, perpendicularly opposed immovable object. That could be the opposite side of the door frame or the floor if the switch is located on the interior face of the jamb.
The real trick is getting a sufficient quantity of glue into the split. Sometimes you have to open it up more with a razor knife and work the glue in before taping it tightly back into place and/or clamping.
R
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RicodJour wrote:

Good Suggestions; I'll add one more and that's the possibility of using several overlapping pieces of STRETCHED black plastic electrical tape to apply "clamping" pressure. The stuff will peel off most any surface without damage once the job is done.
Oh, and Chris, it's spelled jamb, not jam.
Jeff (aka The Spelling Nazi.)
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There is always a way to clamp. But in this case, a thin penetrating wood glue, and tape.
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