Stripped thread holes. Aliner 2012 Classic.

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  1. cambo

    cambo Member

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    Hi, This weekend I went around the camper and snugged up all the screws on the exterior and interior. I noticed that some screws would just spin and never really tightened.

    How can I fix this?

    Thanks!
     
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    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

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    Where are the screws that are spinning? Inside / outside? In cabinets? In the top?
     
  3. cambo

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    A few along the bottom edge on the outside.
     
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    WrkrBee Well-Known Member

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    It may take a small shot of epoxy in the hole and put the screw back in. Stripped hole in wood, glue toothpicks or matches in the hole, and reinsert the screw.
     
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    I would be concerned as to why they wouldn't tighten. Did you remove any of them? And what did they look like...rusty. Rust is from water intrusion.
     
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  6. cambo

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    Thanks. No rust, just spinning screws...

    Are there any preferred types of epoxy? I guess it needs to have a needle sized applicator to get into the small holes.

    Thank you
     
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    sleach A short run will get you within walking distance.

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    I recommend any of the metal-filled slow set epoxies. Take out all the loose screws and clean the threads with a brush. Mix up the epoxy, and push into the holes with a toothpick. Install the screws and wipe away any excess adhesive. Let sit for 24 hours.

    When dealing with really loose holes I push in the epoxy, then push in a toothpick and let it set for a day. Break or cut off the excess toothpick and install the screw.
     
  8. cambo

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    Thank you. Should I let the epoxy set before I reinstall the screws, or should the screws be installed while the epoxy is still "wet."
     
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    Follow the direction on the epoxy package.
     
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    Elmers glue and golf tees
     
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    I'm a toothpicks in the hole or pipe thread tape kinda guy, when it comes to loose screws in wood stuff.
     
  12. cambo

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    Thanks. I'm not sure if the screws are going into wood or some other material. I'll check.
     
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    I second the toothpick suggestion. It's not permanent.
     
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    old thread but some glues/epoxies will dissolve the foam used inside the walls.
     
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    My local hardware store says the gold packaged LiquidNails will dissolve the foam/styrofoam. They say the blue package LiquidNails is silicone based and safe for styrofoam. I haven’t tried to see, but think I’d experiment on something other than my Aliner first. :)
     
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    All glues should say if there safe for foam. Just read the fine print, that gets harder as you get older. On mine i just used the next size bigger stainless screw, all the screws were loose. Any of the above options are good. Wood glue is also good around the toopicks.
     
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