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Old 06-05-2017, 05:41 PM   #1
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furnace control fell off

Unhandy person here. The screws that hold the furnace control fell out of the plywood on my new 17b. Suggestions on how to get the screws to "grip" into this manufactured wood? TIA, Julie
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Take a tooth pick, break it to match the screw length and insert in hole and then tighten the screw, carefully.
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I was thinking Jack Nuts till I saw the "Unhandy person" label. Have any friends who are handy?
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That's not plywood, but paneling. It would be nice if they backed it with something but apparently they didn't. If the toothpick trick doesn't work, try some very small plastic wall anchors - they're available in lots of places.

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Or, 3M double-sided tape.
This panel with instruments has been mounted for eight years.
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Yeah, in this case the 3M tape would probably be easiest. OP says they're not handy.

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If the toothpick trick doesn't work, try some very small plastic wall anchors - they're available in lots of places.

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With this thin I would forgo using the toothpick method (though it works great in solid wood), and use some sort of anchor. I have tins of them at home if anyone wants some.
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Thanks all. Tried the toothpick option but didn't work or I couldn't get it to work. Will try the tape idea.
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Thanks all. Tried the toothpick option but didn't work or I couldn't get it to work. Will try the tape idea.
If you go with tape, make sure it's a quality one. 3M has several kinds of mounting tape that will work. If you NEVER want it to come off, a little of their VHB tape will do the trick.

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Thanks all. Tried the toothpick option but didn't work or I couldn't get it to work. Will try the tape idea.
Just so you know, almost any two sided tape will tear the oak vinyl off the panelling. Not an issue if you never change the thermostat, or use something that big. Maybe just use a small piece in the middle.

I still would prefer anchors.
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