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2 Ways to Fix a Knob Screw that's Too Long | Pretty Handy Girl

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.

2 Ways to Fix a Knob Screw that's Too Long | Pretty Handy Girl

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.

2 Ways to Fix a Knob Screw that's Too Long | Pretty Handy Girl

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.

2 Ways to Fix a Knob Screw that's Too Long | Pretty Handy Girl

Mark that distance + 1/16″ more on the screw.

2 Ways to Fix a Knob Screw that's Too Long | Pretty Handy Girl

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.

2 Ways to Fix a Knob Screw that's Too Long | Pretty Handy Girl

Squeeze firmly on the pliers.

2 Ways to Fix a Knob Screw that's Too Long | Pretty Handy Girl

And boom, your screw is cut but still able to be screwed into the knob!

2 Ways to Fix a Knob Screw that's Too Long | Pretty Handy Girl

You’re knobs and pulls can be perfectly installed on cabinets now. Was that mind-blowing? Did you know that trick already?

2 Ways to Fix a Knob Screw that's Too Long | Pretty Handy Girl

I’ll be back soon to show you a new gadget I used for installing the knobs!

Two Ways to Fix a Screw thats Too Long

21 replies
  1. Ivory
    Ivory says:

    Wow, I saw that tool in my hubby toolbox, but I too had no idea what it was used for. As always, you rock! Thanks for teaching us something wonderful again.

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  2. Desiree Melton
    Desiree Melton says:

    What do I do with the jagged edges of the screw after I cut it? My wire cutter doesn’t have holes to fit the screws into.

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    • Brittany Bailey
      Brittany Bailey says:

      If you had wire cutters with the screw cutters, it leaves a clean cut. Otherwise, you have to use a metal file to file off the rough edges. And it might damage your threads.

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  3. Gordon Nicol
    Gordon Nicol says:

    Grrrreat idea with the washers ! Wish I’d read this 2 hours ago. I had a few wood screws t that had very sharp points protruding out of the wood and I spent quite some time trying to grind them down. If only I’d known about your washer trick, could have saved some time and frustration. Funnily enough I have a pair of the wire strippers ordered. By the way, the link you have, these are currently out of stock, but here’s a link to them. They have 22 five star ratings and are only $6.99:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XXMLFMV/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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  4. Leo
    Leo says:

    An extra tip when using this tool; It takes quite some force and once the bolt is cut, all your energy will be released with a snap. Make sure no skin gets in between the handles; it hurts.

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