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99-Cent Store Solution #5: Fix a Stripped Screw

Yesterday, we tightened a loose cabinet hinge for less than three bucks. Today’s tip is the most inexpensive of our series. The turn of the screw is … a pain in your neck if it’s stripped.

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A stripped screw isn't necessarily bound for the trash can—a quick fix can be done on the cheap. Image: pkline/iStockphoto


  • Hacksaw, 99 cents
  • “Chiquidracula” DVD, 99 cents. What a find!

Total: $1.98

What you do:

  • Use the hacksaw to cut into the top of the stripped screw to create a new groove for the screwdriver.
  • Reward yourself with a job well done: Watch the 1992 Mexican movie classic “Chiquidracula.”

What other inexpensive home fixes have you found or tried? What minor home repair job have you neglected because of lack of time?

harmonleon Harmon Leon

is a journalist, comedian, and filmmaker. His other stories have appeared in Esquire, Stuff, Salon, NPR’s, This American Life, Details, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, and Wired.

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