RV Repair Tip: Stripped-Out Screw Holes

We’ve all had them at one time or another, stripped-out screw holes in our RV cabinets and doors. Often you can get around the problem by simply using a larger screw, but this isn’t always an option. If you must use either the existing hole or the existing screw or attachment, there is an easy solution that will cost you very little time or money.

To repair a stripped-out hole in your wood cabinet or door, you will need the following items: two round toothpicks (not flat), a pair of wire cutters, and a bottle of Elmer’s Wood Glue. A good wood epoxy also works well, but wood glue works just as well for these types of repairs.

To repair the stripped-out hole, cut a length of toothpick corresponding to the depth of the stripped-out hole. Cover the toothpick along the entire length with a good amount of glue, then insert the toothpick into the hole. Let it dry for 24 hours and that’s it! You’re ready to use the hole again. For larger holes, you may need to use two or more toothpicks side-by-side, but in most cases a single toothpick will suffice.

See! Wasn’t that easy?

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Mello Mike is an Arizona native, author, and the founder of Truck Camper Adventure. He's been RV'ing since 2002, is a certified RVIA Level 1 RV Technician, and has restored several Airstream travel trailers. A communications expert and licensed ham radio operator (KK7TCA), he retired from the U.S. Navy in 2004 as a CWO3 after 24 years, holds a BS degree, and now runs Truck Camper Adventure full-time. He also does some RV consulting, repairs, and inspections on the side. He currently rolls in a 4WD Ram 3500 outfitted with a SherpTek truck bed with a Bundutec Roadrunner mounted on top.


  1. Sometimes the hole is stripped because it was originally drilled in the wrong position, and the resultant excess forces on the screw did their nasty deed. If drilling the new hole is too close to the old, the original needs to be filled-n-drilled.

    You can drill the hole larger, if the material isn't a thin panel, and fill it with a cut-off dowel of poplar wood, or pine. Punch the hole out 1/4", score the dowel and glue it into position like the toothpick above. Use a punch to start the new hole in the right place – it will center the drill bit and keep it from walking.

    Drill, mount and screw.


  2. That’s a great temporary fix! I agree with the bigger screw thing, ‘cos you might end up cracking the actual wood if you screw the bigger one by force. What’s a good, sturdy alternative to wooden chopsticks, if I’m looking for a longer remedy?

  3. Can you tell me if this would also work for filling in holes for hanging heavy blinds from? I would be afraid that the weight would be too much and they may fall down. Great post Mike.

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