how to remove stripped screws

Old 11-04-03, 04:21 PM
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Question how to remove stripped screws

I was screwing in a bronze 1" 1/2 screw into
a solid piece of wood. Before i could screw it all the way in it stripped, i then did the same with the next screw.
The screws are in real good, but they must be solid with the wood, and i need the peice i was screwing in.
Any suggestions would be very helpful, thanx.
Old 11-04-03, 06:48 PM
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If you can, grip the screw heads with needle-nose pliers and unscrew them that way.
Drill smaller pilot holes before screwing in the new ones.
Old 11-04-03, 07:27 PM
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There are a number of ways to do it.
A pair of small wire cutters can sometimes get a good grip on the head
If you have a Dremmel tool you can use a grinding disk to cut a slot in the screw or a pointed attachment to remove enough wood around the screw to get a grip with a small Vice Grip.

How about drilling the head, patch the resulting hole with matching filler and then relocating the screw.

Maybe if you took a driver one size bigger you could hammer the screwdriver into the worn head to get a better grip.

Sears is flogging a bit for screw removal but don't know if it works.

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An impact driver will also work in some cases:

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Before I drive brass screws, I drive a steel screw the same size and thread to make a path for the softer metal.
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Square drive

Are your stripped screws phillips head? If slotted, use the Dremel and convert them to phillips. I've read that a square drive screwdriver bit will fit a phillips and give it the needed contact for removal. Let us know what you end of doing. I'm no welder but could you do a quick (so you don't burn the wood) spot weld of a nut to the screw head and then use a wrench?
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Hi there,

I use a small set of vice grips to remove stripped screws. Usually you can get a grip on the head without any filing and it works like a charm. You can either put them on flat and turn continuosly or face first and turn like a screw driver. Just one thing be careful of the wood since they have a tendancy come of the head with some force if they slip.

Good Luck


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