I am a big fan of Sugru. It's an amazing mouldable glue putty which is a bit like Play Doh but dries like rubber and adheres to anything. I've used it around the house to mend a few bits and bobs like my iPhone cable, hooks that have fallen off and so forth, but until now I've not had a major DIY project to put it to the test.
Enter broken IKEA shoe cabinet:
This photo doesn't do the problem justice but basically the middle draw of our shoe cupboard developed a problem almost the moment we assembled it. The screws that hold the main bracket (which the whole drawer pivots on) are so short they barely bite into the wood at all meaning it is weak. After a few days of opening and closing the bracket fell off rendering the drawer useless.
Husband tried a longer screw but the hole had been substantially widened by the inferior original screw. So a raw plug was inserted and we thought the problem was fixed.
Of course not. Within days it came away again and the drawer was busted.
Husband declared it beyond repair but I had an idea.
I squished up a load of silver grey Sugru and used a screwdriver to wedge it into the hole. I then pushed the screw back into the hole and carefully wedged the whole thing in place.
All I could then do is wait 24hrs while the Sugru set to see if it would hold.
Voila! Currently holding with the new Sugru plug in the screw hole. It has only been a couple of days but fingers crossed it'll do the job and avoid a ranty letter to IKEA about the quality of their shoe cabinets (not that you can really expect a lot for £45!)
Find out more at sugru.com