So, it’s been a few weeks since I have posted. Mostly because life is busy and I haven’t had time to do anything cool. Second because all I have been doing on the house is stripping wallpaper and painting the stairway, which isn’t very cool. So, this weekend I tackled a small project I have been meaning to fix since I moved in over a year ago.
When I moved in to Courtland one of the bedroom window handles was stripped from its screw holes. I was able to open and close the window without it, so I put it off. I was reading a “This Old House” article about how to fix a stripped screw hole, and figured out how to fix the handle! YAY!
First, I collected together my special tools. I needed a dowel larger than the screw diameter, a saw to cut the dowel, and some wood glue. To pick the dowel I just took a screw with me to the hardware store, so I have no actual idea how big this is. I also used my drill, but I think you have seen that before so I didn’t feel the need to post a pic.
Next, I took a drill bit the size of the dowel and bored out the old holes. I was careful not to break the window glass as I didn’t want to have a tutorial on how to replace double hung antique window glass. Word of advice, leave the sawdust as it will making cleaning up dripped glue a lot easier.
Then, I rubbed glue all over the end of the dowel and shoved it into the holes uncut. Make sure to push hard because those dowels like to make you think they are all the way in when they aren’t! Tricky little things. Once the dowel was in I sawed it off as flush to the window frame as I could.
After all were done, I let them dry over night.
The next day I grabbed my drill, the handle, and four new screws and attached that handle like a pro! Unfortunately, the old screws were flat headed, and I don’t allow flat head screws in my home, so I had to find some new ones and no hardware store in the land carries brass looking screws I guess. So for now these ugly silver looking screws will have to do. And let’s be honest with ourselves, I will never replace them. Oh well. I am just happy to have a functioning handle again! YAY!