How to Remove a Stripped Screw
There's no need to get frustrated when you try (and fail!) to remove a stripped screw. Eric Stromer shares his trade secrets for tackling this annoying problem with a few simple tools.
Everyone has faced the problem of getting out a stripped screw. Here are a few ways to tackle the problem. First, if you're using a power drill, try switching to a manual screwdriver. Use a screwdriver with a head slightly larger than the stripped head.
You can also place a wide rubber band on the screw and then try the screwdriver. This may give you enough grip to loosen the screw.
If that doesn't work, try using a screw extractor. This is basically a screwdriver head with strong, metal threads on the tip that burrow into the head of the screw, allowing you to get more torque.
If all else fails, you can drill out the screw. Use a drill bit that is about the same size as the shaft of the screw. Drill through the head until you have displaced the screw. Just be sure to remove all the metal shavings.
Items You'll Need
- wide rubber band