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Thread: What's the best remedy for repairing a stripped strap lock screw ??

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    What's the best remedy for repairing a stripped strap lock screw ??

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    The ole' toothpick method? (bamboo or hardwood toothpick)

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    Toothpick

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    +1 on the toothpick
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    I always use the toothpick method every time I install a set of strap lock posts onto my bass. I add a touch of white glue to make sure everything remains in place.

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    yes, glue and toothpicks

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    I've always used matchsticks, no glue, just one or two snapped off in the hole.


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    The matchstick method is a temporary, or band-aid solution. It will work to be sure, but not the best. A better method would be to drill out the old hole, plug the hole with a hardwood dowel, then redrill the hole and reinstall the screw.
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    +1 to matchsticks! But in my experience, a wooden matchstick works quite well. (A trick my father taught me)

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    I've never had a problem with matchsticks. Fill the hole once, wind the screw in and remove then put another matchstick in and fix in. I've had those last for years.


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    I've got a toothpick fix that's been holding for 20 years or so. Then again, it is on a six-string, which is lighter, and I don't gig my guitars.
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    Toothpick dipped in wood glue is what I've always used.


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