My upholstered chair has one leg that will not screw into the chair base because the hole is too big and it looks as though the screw that was in the chair base is gone, making it impossible to screw the foot back into chair. The other onion-shaped feet have a female screw inserted into the chair base so that the onion feet, with a screw sticking out of it, can screw directly into the base of the chair. Is there a way for me to fix this? Every time I move the chair the foot falls out. Linda


Repair it using the same hardware it originally had. It sounds like the chair had a T-Nut inserted: enter image description here

Assuming the "male" screw in the leg still has good threads (you did not indicate that it was bad), buy a matching T-Nut at a good hardware store.

Note- there are quite a few sizes and types of T-Nuts, bring a sample from one of the other legs/chairs.

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  • Would that T-nut need to be inserted from the top (upholstered) side of the chair? – RedGrittyBrick Nov 23 '15 at 17:20
  • It would be preferable if the nut was installed from the top, to prevent it from pulling out; however, I have seen them used from below in situations like this (where the weight of the application tends to hold them in). A bit of epoxy glue when setting would help too. Anyway, better than having the foot fall out every time the chair is moved. – Jimmy Fix-it Nov 24 '15 at 2:18
  1. Fill the hole with elmers or other wood glue.
  2. Fill the hole with a mixture of glue and sawdust or flour.
  3. Fill the hole with glue and jam a golf tee in it (saw off end of golf tee after its dry.
  4. Fill the hole with wood putty available at big box stores.

Then, depending on your skill, energy, etc.:

  1. Get a double ended screw from big box store
  2. Drill pilot holes and screw your leg back in
  3. Put the leg in while the glue is drying and use clamps or tape or just balance it while the glue sets.
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