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Replacement of nuts and tightening will help. Adding lock washers between the flat washers and nuts should prevent nuts from working loose. Wood that has soften usually means rot, and best repair for that is usually replacement. To prevent rot use treated wood for outside/damp locations or use a good external paint/stain(needs to be redone) or one of newer ...


For the enlarged holes, you could drill through with a 1" drill then glue a dowel in place. Then re-drill the holes. Making new braces out of solid wood is also possible.

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