How to Remove a Raised Stripped Screw

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Introduction: How to Remove a Raised Stripped Screw

In this Instructable I will show you how to remove a stripped screw using only a hand drill.  The only caveat is that the screw does need to be raised above the surface of the material.

Step 1: Set Up Hand Drill

Remove the driver bit from your hand drill.

Step 2: Open Chuck

Open drill chuck wide enough to fit over the head of the screw.

Step 3: Tighten Chuck

Tighten the chuck firmly around the head of the screw.

Step 4: Drill Direction

Switch the drill direction to the reverse direction.

Step 5: Remove Screw

Turn the drill on and back the screw out of your material.

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    I should have known this...

    okay dumb question alert:

    what if you don't have a drill like that but one of those cheap battery operated ones? how do you do it then without having to go out and buy a bigger drill? I have a shelving unit that my daughter put together that has 3 stripped screws because she didn't pre-drill the holes and she didn't use the right screws.

    gotta give her an a for effort because it held up good, but now I need the wood for something else and I can't get those screws out. I thought channel locks but, I can't get them out enough to get a grip on them. any suggestions besides scrapping it?

    Brilliant!!

    As long as it will fit.

    A pair of vice grips or an easy out set works as well, but good idea.

    Vise Grips or just a nice large pair of pump pliers. Way better and easier on your drill.

    Yup.
    When a bolt or screw is busted off flush with the surface you can use a screw extractor.

    Also I'm pretty sure there's some sort of grabber specifically for wood screws.

    Yup.
    When a bolt or screw is busted off flush with the surface you can use a screw extractor.

    Also I'm pretty sure there's some sort of grabber specifically for wood screws.

    This is a great tip if you're in a bind. However, as mentioned previously, I'd use this method sparingly and use pliers or better yet, vice grips.

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    Something like these Gorilla/Grilla grips, depending on your spelling abilities :)

    http://common2.csnimages.com/lf/49/hash/4026/3564043/1/Straight+Jaw+Locking+Pliers+-+10%22+straight+jaw+vise+grip+locking+plier+carded.jpg are perfect for that job, once they've locked on they won't slip and grip far harder than your hands can.