I hired a "professional" painting crew to paint the stairs area, where the crew installed new brackets for the handrail. Unfortunately I did not supervise the work myself. I recently noticed that I have two problems:
- The screws for one bracket are not going into a stud! I think the bracket was attached to the plaster.
- The top two holes are stripped where the screw will spin freely. I believe that those two screws do not touch the lath board that is behind the plaster.
How should I fix the stripped hole in the plasterboard? Every time I am removing the screws all three holes get slightly larger as a bit of the plaster comes out too.
Should I start using plastic anchors? I'd like to re-use the three #10 1 1/2" screws that came with the brackets if possible.
By the way my house was built in the 1950s.