Have you ever put new knobs on a cabinet only to find out that the screw is too long. It’s a pain for sure. That little project that you thought would take a few minutes is now going to require a trip to the hardware store — or will it. Not today! I have a tutorial to show you Two Ways to Fix a Knob or Pull Screw that’s Too Long.
1st Way to Shorten a Screw that’s Too Long:
First things first, let’s discuss the quickest way to deal with a screw that is almost the right length. Simply add a washer or two to the inside of the screw.
Then reattach the knob. Bam, perfectly tight knob.
2nd Way to Shorten a Screw that’s Too Long:
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But what do you do if you would need more than two washers to make the screw fit? This tip will blow your mind.
First measure the excess screw length.
Mark that distance + 1/16″ more on the screw.
Use a pair of wire strippers (affiliate link to the strippers I own and love) and thread the screw into a hole on the pliers (the one that fits best.) The mark should be inside the pliers before you continue.
Squeeze firmly on the pliers.
And boom, your screw is cut but still able to be screwed into the knob!
You’re knobs and pulls can be perfectly installed on cabinets now. Was that mind-blowing? Did you know that trick already?
I’ll be back soon to show you a new gadget I used for installing the knobs!