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Removing an almost completely stripped screw? Answered

Pretty much what the title says, its quick a small screw too (in length) and I've tried quite a few methods online, such as placing a rubberband in the screw head and using a larger screw bit and a hammer.

The head is almost completely stripped and the screwdriver gets like 5% grip.

Any tips? D:

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Vyger

Best Answer 5 years ago

I am guessing that your saying the head is stripped and not the threads. Ta Da, I made an instructable on fixing that problem.

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HiyadudezVyger

Answer 5 years ago

I'll give you the best answer because I used your method and it worked like a charm!

So simple, yet never crossed my mind. Thankyou.

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mberg

5 years ago

a way that we did it is get a little grinder with a small circle edge bit. i totally forget what all this is called but its a little hand held drill. so cut into the screw a bit to make a star or line design in it. basically making a new design in it. then you use a normal screw driver and take it out.

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slithien

5 years ago

lol, this happened to my friend at college the other day (except on a car XD)
what we had to do was use a hacksaw to cut off the end of the bot where the screw was and then pull it out from the other side, however i don't think you can get to the other side of the screw your talking about so this wont work for you :(
i think your best bet would be to try what Vyger said, and if that messes up, then try the extractor thingy s that blkhawk showed you.
once again i have tought nobody anything XD

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steveastrouk

5 years ago

You don't say where the screw is. Is it in metal ? plastic ? Trapped down a 6" hole ? On the surface ? Do you mean the HEAD is stripped, or the thread ?

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AndyGadget

5 years ago

 
For that sort of screw problem I've used a small pair of wire cutters.  Hold them vertically and squeeze so they bite into the sides of the screw head, then twist.
After a couple of turns you should be able to get a pair of grippy pliers on there and do the rest - twist and pull..  (Don't use your best pair of cutters for this #;¬)

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Sorunome

5 years ago

When I had that I used a drill-press to destroy the screw, well, i can't put any new screw the same size in there anymore, i had to use a slightly bigger one

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oldmicah

5 years ago

The above are probably better suggestions if you have the tools. If the head is sticking up from the surface, I often just use vice grips 90 degrees off the axis of the screw. Tighten it way down on the screw head and then turn the vice grips to loosen.

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blkhawk

5 years ago

You need a screw extractor that works with a power drill.

Screw extractor set