Door threshhold adjustment screw won't turn

Old 06-14-05, 10:47 AM
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Door threshhold adjustment screw won't turn

Hoping to get some advice. I have a basement walkout door that has four adjustment screws for the threshhold, three of them turn pretty easy with a flathead screwdriver, the other one won't budge. The house is only 3 yrs old, so it's not rusted or anything. The slot in the screw is a little stripped, so I can't get a good grip on the thing to turn it (at least not with a normal flathead screwdriver). I have a very small air space between the bottom of the door and the portion of the threshold where this screw is located. Not a big deal, but large enough that I've got some little bugs getting through.

I was going to look for a large head flat screwdriver (like 1/2" wide or so) to see if that will allow me to grip the adjustment screw better. Any other suggestions on how to get this thing loose?

Old 06-14-05, 04:03 PM
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try taking a smaller flat screwdriver, hold it at an angle (on one half of the slotted screw head), and tap it with a hammer (in the direction you want the screw to turn). Perhaps this will break it loose and enable it to turn.

It might also help to lightly tap the surrounding area with a hammer. Sometimes dirt gets packed down around the screw and wedges itself so tight that the screw won't budge.

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