Screw extractors


Old 08-14-03, 08:34 AM
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Screw extractors

I'm replacing an old casement sash. The screws are stripped. I tried a screw extractor, but it didn't do anything. I left spun it in the drill.

What is the proper way to use this tool?


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Old 08-14-03, 09:28 AM
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It depends on what type of extractor you have. If you have the traditional 'Easy Out' remover, you must drill the appropriate size hole in the body of the broken/stripped screw. then turn in the Easy Out with a thread tap handle. If the extractor that you have is the newer type which has been recently advertised heavily by Sears, I believe these are designed to be used in a screw gun run in reverse. I think they just tend to 'dig in' the head of the stripped screw and hopefully back it out.
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Back when I still worked for a living I used left-handed drill bits quite a bit. You know how a drill bit will grab every so often? With a LH bit that works for you and quite well at that. Not sure if that will be the best solution for you but in the right application they are great.

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