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Need to remove a stripped screw or bolt? This is one of the many ways to do it, only requires a dremel.
 
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Step 1: Tools

Tools:
Dremel
Flat blad screwdriver
Dremel cut off wheel.

Step 2: Problem

As you can see this screw is stripped. (well not so bad..)

Step 3: Cut a notch...

So I am not your mom, but put on some safety glasses...

Then cut a smooth straight notch across the screw with your dremel. Don't make this too wide or your screwdriver will have a hard time catching.

Step 4: Remove it...

Now that your notch is cut, you use a large flat blade screwdriver to remove it.

Step 5: Still stuck?

If it is really stuck in there, like on some crazy metal on metal action, grab the handle with some pliers and turnwhile pushing down on the handle with your hand.
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zigzagchris3 years ago
Iv been pondering how to remove a screw I striped on my laptop for a while. Any ideas? its about an inch into the base...
It's probably a phllips or posidrive screw or even a torx (Star) screw. Maybe even has a post in the centre of a Posi' screw.
Anyway, whatever it is, try a small flat driver, as in 'Watchmaker S'Driver' set, and select the largest one that will fit inside of, or around the driver slot.
It may not fit centrally, but it may give enough purchase to free the screw. Sometimes I may file a notch into the Driver blade to overcome the 'Post in the middle' problem.
try a left hand drill bit..very slowly and with firm pressure.basically you want it to bite but not necessarily cut.
Ive heard putting a wide rubber band between the stripped screw head and screwdriver works great.
WheneverI strip screws on my technical equipment, I take a small pen torch (Or soldering iron) and heat up the head of the screw (Don't melt the plastic around it). Once the head is reasonably hot, try jamming a junk screwdriver into it (Phillips or Flat, depending on the screw type).
The hot metal is softer, allowing you to simpley drive your screwdriver into it and (hopefullly) create a new screw hole.

Hope this works. If not, let me know, ok?
Do the heating it up and use a piece of plastic to make a mold of the screw that you could use to twist it
I suppose you could do that, if you have the correct type of plastic. If the screw is small enough, you can take apart a simple, clear plastic pen (Such as a Bic brand pen) and put it ontop of the screw. Heat up the plastic and it should make a form fit around the screw. Try twisting to unscrew it.
But like I've said before, be careful not to melt the plastic on the laptops casing, because that may cause problems in the future with the circuitry inside and the case.
What apart of the pen are you suggesting? the casing is too large for the hole and i tried the caps tip but the bent too much. I thought about the ink cartridge but m not interested in ink in my 600 dollar gaming laptop.
i dont really feel comfortable sticking a hot screwdriver in it at this point. How hot are you recomending?
Lol, sorry about my other comment. I accidentally put "how how" I meant "how hot". Heh, I got distracted.
Yeah, I meant the casing of the pen. But yes, I can see why you wouldn't feel comfortable jamming pieces of pens into your expensive laptop.
How how? Well, the metal of the screwdriver would need to be red-hot. I'm guessing you don't want to do that, either.
I was thinking you could go to a craft or hard ware store, and look for a knife with a long handle. You can stick it into the hole and chip away at the metal on the screw. I suggest you wear protective gloves so you don't chip away at your hands, instead.

If that doesn't work, again, let me know. I have a few more things up my sleeve.
eyesee1 year ago
thanks
E_MAN2 years ago
thanks man!
nalk552 years ago
My oil drain bolt snapped off on my dirt and I was able to get it out far enough to do this.
lukeD2 years ago
who... Never knew it was so simple!
sunshiine3 years ago
Nice! I will try this for one I have stuck in the wood.
ikssk3 years ago
Try this: if the screw is sticking out of the of the wood as pictured, take your drill and tighten the chuck around the screw head, put your drill in reverse, and unscrew the screw. Works on broken screws also.
tfultsucf3 years ago
I've actually done this before! Except it's a bit scarier on smaller screws in visible locations where the surrounding areas can be nicked. A smaller diameter cutting head on the Dremel might help avoid this but it sure does help when you're in need of a quick fix!
dmrsch6 years ago
You can also use your drill and tighten the chuck around the screw head
jimmytvf dmrsch3 years ago
Could slip as well. Thats the best and the fastest way. When I mess up a screw, i grab a bigger screwdriver, and sometimes work and sometimes dont, where you make the head completely round
But there is still a problem with that:
The Flush mount screw
(Mwohahahaha!)
Not sure why I never thought of this (I'm not belittling your answer; just I'm a complete spastic with this stuff), but this really got me out of a jam. Super!
So simple, and so useful... Why didn't I think of this method already?
Jodex3 years ago
Drilling a hole same size as the screw through the center of the screw will also "remove" it.
tperkins43 years ago
Thanks for this post! You helped me remove my car stereo's stuck/stripped mounting screw!
Harrymatic3 years ago
This works very well, but I was able to just use a hacksaw.
ha i did this to my old pocket knife. it was acheapy one and my torx bit stripped the screw holding the blade the the handle. worked great. i used a dime to tighten it from then on.
LeOSSJ23 years ago
Hey!

Today i used it for removing an engine from an old calculetor, of those whitch had someting that printed in a paper what you've been calculating...

And this method worked exelently...

Thanks a lot!
mlucas7194 years ago
if you place a rubber band over the stripped screw head you can just use a screwdriver and un screw it right out. try it, been doing that forever and it's much neater
ahmad21174 years ago
it really made a ''Bolt'' of electricity

get it a bolt of electricity and an actual bolt
What if you break a screw or bolt and don't have a reverse thread bit to get it out?
sharlston4 years ago
hey nice ible 5 stars another name for a cutof wheel is a iber glass cutting disc
rada1944 years ago
An easier way is to use vise grips
to save yourself a lot of heartach, always try going the otherway, sometimes it works...
Tetrafish4 years ago
Ha :-D, neat. I actually did this a few days ago to some large screws I was trying to drill into some treated wood... They got so tight they wouldn't turn anymore with the drill... That is to say - they got stripped. I then took a flat head screw-driver, but wrapped a rubber dish-washing glove around the handle to get a better grip. I will not use those particular screws again unless I pre-drill a hole into the work. Another time I did something like this was to remove some screws on a micro-wave. They had weird star shaped screws in 'em.
damn.. i have some stripped screws holding on the crank case of my motorcycle. i need to get them off so that I can adjust the tappets. I already tried cutting a new slot... and now the new slot is stripped! they are in mighty tight. I need to use an impact driver to remove them normally, I'll try getting some penetrating oil (used wd-40 so far), with a wax/chewing gum cup built up around the screw so it can soak in it. my other idea is to use metal putty to rebuilt the screw. don't know if it will work but any thing will be better than drilling out the whole and cutting a new thread!
I really doubt the metal putty will work. I don't know the forces involved, but I think it's a save bet that they would far exceed the adhesive strength of the putty. I've got a motorcycle myself, and I've stripped more then a couple screws and bolts on it. Impact drivers can work wonders, and are kinda fun to use as well (how often do you get to smack something with a hammer, in a legitimate attempt to fix it?) look into getting a set of screw extractors - Ive managed to use them with success, but I often break one when trying to remove it from the screw (after the screw has been removed) - Most hardware stores should have them, they have a reverse-twist thread on them, and you drill a hole in the stripped/stuck/broken screw/bolt/fastener (supposed to work better if you can use a reverse-twist drill bit, but I haven't seen these anywhere yet). then you tap the extractor in the hole, and use a tap wrench/crescent wrench in a counter-clockwise rotation. The extractor will dig into the screw, and eventually remove it. Also, good to use penetrating oil, or sometimes heat depending on what type of thread locking compound may have been used. good luck
robotguy44 years ago
I may have found another way to remove stripped screws, however, more research is required before posting. By the way, this also works for screws you don't have a screw driver for.
mikedoth5 years ago
I've been doing this since I got my dremil. Good to see someone make a tutorial for it.
rrReagaN5 years ago
hey thanks man good idea since easy out won't work in my situation because I don't have a drill strong enough to get my bolt out :D
Jigar6 years ago
Thanx, luckily i have a dremel. i'll try this
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