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Old 04-10-2011, 09:33 AM   #15
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Standard gorilla glue expands so make sure you plan for it.
Good point. With any of the suggested methods you have to be careful about expansion. If the piece you are screwing into is exposed/visible, expansion caused by expanding glue, too many toothpicks and/or failure to pre-drill a pilot hole can cause an ugly bubble in the surface of the panel.
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Standard gorilla glue expands so make sure you plan for it.
And it leaves a nasty white residue so be Carful when using it. It's a great product though.
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I have also had some fasteners come loose and fall out. First, before the glue and sticks approach, check if the fastener is shorter than it can be. I found that the 5/8 long screws holding the doors on the roof lockers can be 3/4. This fixed the problem as they drew up nice and tight. Also beware of power drivers that can easily strip out the screws. Sometimes doing things by hand is stil the best way.
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In fact, why wait for your roof locker doors to fall off? It's too easy to get the right screws (#8 x 3/4) and just replace them. I used 18-8 SS and they look so good. They're not coming out.
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Putting longer fasteners into degrading/damaged material is a temporary fix at best; as a long term solution you will end up with more damaged material when the failure repeats.

Repairing the material and redrilling a pilot hole for longer hardware is a great idea for a upgrade/permanant solution. Having longer fasteners along on the road is a good solution for an immediate fix however.

For finish work doing things by hand is and will always be the best way. Air/power tools are generally for taking things apart not putting them together. Power drills are for predrilling, paddle bits, etc. They are generally not screw-guns unless turned to the absolute lowest torque setting. Powered screwdrivers should be replaced with racheting screwdrivers unless its a mobility/health issue.

One stripped screw worth of repairs erases any powertool time-saving.

(EDIT: consider avoiding gorilla glue unless you are willing to pre-test it on materials and learn its idosyncrasies. Its not as forgiving as wood glue and wood glue will also bond wood together making stronger than the wood grain originally was.)
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