Loose or Missing Plugs Over Screw Heads

Loose or Missing Plugs Over Screw Heads

This is probably the easiest of the problems to fix, Loose or Missing Plugs Over Screw Headsbut if it’s happening at the same time as the seams having already been worn out, you are facing a bigger job. But let’s assume your deck seams are still good. A sign for loose plug is black ring around plug, which is caused by mildew as water gets in the screw hole.

Fix this by drilling out said plug with an annular cutter like Hougen Rotacut, it is a sheet metal tool, but works wonders. See Hougen.com Rotacut for more information.

Remove any existing glue from the screw head and back out screw. Countersink the hole deeper (you should have at least 1/4 inch above screw head) and for best results go for the next plug size. Use a dip of caulk in the screw threads to ensure water tightness and install the new screw. Glue in the new plug with epoxy, and after glue sets in, chisel of extra plug flush to surrounding teak. This procedure obviously works in case of missing plugs too.

*Above tips and guidelines are result of years of experience and are found to be helpful and work in many cases. However, every deck is different and by no means we guarantee the results on your deck,so please use your local professional carpenter if you don’t feel comfortable working on your own.