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How to Remove a Raised Stripped Screw

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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.
 
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Step 1: Set Up Hand Drill

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Remove the driver bit from your hand drill.

Step 2: Open Chuck

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

Step 3: Tighten Chuck

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Tighten the chuck firmly around the head of the screw.

Step 4: Drill Direction

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Switch the drill direction to the reverse direction.

Step 5: Remove Screw

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Turn the drill on and back the screw out of your material.
RangerJ1 year ago
I should have known this...
taria1 year ago
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?
hbk19661 year ago
Brilliant!!

As long as it will fit.
A pair of vice grips or an easy out set works as well, but good idea.
Rainh2o1 year ago
Vise Grips or just a nice large pair of pump pliers. Way better and easier on your drill.
snotty1 year ago
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.
snotty1 year ago
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.
SeanDeanC1 year ago
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.
MikB SeanDeanC1 year ago
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.
Much simpler than cutting a slot in it and using a flat blade screwdriver to undo it, I've used this method a few times with great success ! My cheaper cordless screwdrivers which don't have the 'ratchet chuck' don't seem to grip to the screw as well though.
Much simpler than cutting a slot in it and using a flat blade screwdriver to undo it, I've used this method a few times with great success ! My cheaper cordless screwdrivers which don't have the 'ratchet chuck' don't seem to grip to the screw as well though.
steveharr1 year ago
I have done this myself, but I think I should caution not to do it too often, otherwise you may find you start to wear the chuck on the driver! But to be honest I can't see myself having to do this too often anyway, just thought I'd warn people.
This is great. I cannot tell you how many times I could have used this tip. Thank you so much for posting.
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