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post #1 of 12 Old 03-29-2019, 05:26 AM Thread Starter
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Best screws for wood that don't work loose

Hi,

One of my kitchen cupboard doors keeps working loose.
They are made from Melamine, so I'm looking for recommendations for the best screw type to use that will not work loose.

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post #2 of 12 Old 03-29-2019, 06:38 AM
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Probable that screw hole has enlarged. Wrap screw in foil before reinserting. Or get a larger diameter screw eg 4.5 mm instead of 4

https://www.screwfix.com/c/screws-na...rews/cat840066

This company specialises in screws. Bound to be similar in US.
Have a Google.


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Hi,

One of my kitchen cupboard doors keeps working loose.
They are made from Melamine, so I'm looking for recommendations for the best screw type to use that will not work loose.

Thanks
If they are melamine the cabinet you are putting screws into is particle board. It's not the screws that is a problem the particle board just isn't suited for screws of any kind. What you could do is drill a 1/4" hole in the screw hole deeper than the screw is long and glue a wood dowel in the hole. Once dry drill a pilot hole in the dowel and re-insert the screw.
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Thank you, I'm based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Do you think I should also try screws which are designed for soft woods, such as chipboard screws?
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No, I think you should do what Steve suggests. That will give y ou the best results.


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Thank you, I'm based in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Do you think I should also try screws which are designed for soft woods, such as chipboard screws?
The screws that come with the hinges are fine. It's just particle board isn't solid enough to hold screws for an extended length of time. The dowel should hold the screw indefinitely.
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Forgot to mention that the companies that make melamine cabinets use hinges that have a plastic dowel already screwed to the hinges. It not only holds better in particleboard it's a labor savings by being able to just knock the screws onto the door with a hammer.
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I would consider using a small size plastic plug sold in most stores. I bought a pack of 100 from Screwfix and use for fixing screws into walls. I have also used them in chip board. There are two branches in Huddersfield.

https://www.screwfix.com/jsp/tradeCo...age.jsp?id=433


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Piece of toothpick in the enlarged hole?

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If this was a professionally made cabinet it would have had screws made for PB or the plastic dowels. The plastic dowels work very well. You would need to use a drill press to make the required holes for them since they need to be very accurately positioned and square to the face. The alternative of gluing a wood dowel in (10mm/ 3/8") & pilot drilling for the screw also would work.
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It is better to fill the hole with a small piece of wood such that it perfectly fits in the hole and again try to screw it it will definitely get tightened
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