The hinges came off the door of the humidor (approx. 1.5' x 2') during
shipping. The screws that attach the hinges to the humidor popped out
and now they cannot be screwed back in because they cannot grab on
wood-- there are holes there now. The screws are decorative (golden
in color, hard to find replacements) about 2'', probably 1/16'' in
How can I fix this problem? Is there some kind of glue or compound
that I can fill the holes with so that I can screw the hinges back on?
Thank you for your help on this.
Get a piece of soft wood (white pine) and carve it a little bit bigger
than the hole. Cover with wood glue and drive into the hole. Let it
dry overnight then take a razor blade and trim the excess. Apply the
screw with steady medium pressure.
The sawdust and wood glue or toothpick bits and wood glue trick is the best,
but I would suggest driving the screws before the glue sets completely. You
get a bit of squeeze-out of the glue, but it will set the screw nicely. If
you don't do that and fill the old hole with the mix, you might need to
predrill new (smaller) holes before you put the screws in, otherwise the
wood can split. Sayeth a resident woodworker...
It's not a major operation in either regard.
Drill out the stripped screwhole and glue in a piece of dowel, once
cured, drill an appropriate pilot hole and reinstall the original
However, I think I would rather FILE a complaint with the folks who
broke during shipping - UPS/FedEx/etc and let them foot the bill for a
replacement. You might also want to try calling the vendor about
replacing it as it arrived broken - they usually will take it back and
ship you a replacement
What? The door just came off during shipping? The screws just popped
out? How in the hell does a 2" screw just pop out?
Who delivered your humidor a couple of gorila apes?
Contact the shipper and file a claim but remember that you now have a
damaged humidor and now go out and buy a new one.
Go down to the local hardware center and get some 1/4" x 4" lag screws
and use those. Problem solved.
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