Dealing with stripped cab panel screw

Discussion in 'Amps/Cabs Tech Corner: Amplifier, Cab & Speakers' started by mbratch, Mar 18, 2006.


  1. mbratch

    mbratch Member

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    If you have an old amp and one of the back panel screws is stripped (actually, the hole in the wood has stripped somewhat and won't hold the screw), how do you fix it? Would some plastic wood pushed into the hole work? I'd like to keep the same screw (it's a "vintage" amp :D).
     
  2. Rich M

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    Toothpicks and wood glue.
     
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    Take a small sliver of wood and insert it into the hole, then screw in the screw and you're done. A toothpick would be just about right. I've never used glue though.
     
  4. Jet Rink

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    Yep - this works great.

    Jet
     
  5. TheAmpNerd

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    I typically use the pick n' glue combo.

    Though I've gotten in a hurry
    and just used the picks.

    It can be annoying taking off back
    panel and have the pick come out.
     
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    sometimes they get so bad that toothpick n' glue won't work. In this case you have to drill it, glue a dowel rod in and cut it off, then re-drill for the screw. I find that this is only necessary in extreme cases.
     
  7. mbratch

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    Sounds like the pick-n-glue should work for me in this case. The VibroChamp is a little fussy, as the top screw in the top panel doesn't have that much wood to grab since the wood "flange" (sorry, not sure of the term) is cut at an angle at that point and is not as deep as where the rest of the screws go. It may be 3/8" thick at that point.
     
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    Another approach is to move the board down slightly and
    reinstall.
     
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    I've used the toothpick and glue trick with success a lot, sometimes you need two or more if the hole is big. Otherwise the drill and dowel routine is required.
     

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