can't remove hardware

Old 04-16-14, 03:13 PM
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Angry can't remove hardware

I am attempting to remove the drawer pulls from my dresser so I can start my project. I have removed the screw from the back of the handle but it appears like the wooden handle has been painted after it was attached and/or is glued on. Even after removing the screw it will not budge. I have tried cutting around the handle with a razor but still nothing. Any suggestions short of breaking it off with hammer? Thank you!
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Old 04-16-14, 04:59 PM
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If you can't turn it off then I suspect you're right about it being glued. The best thing to do it cut it off leaving about a 1/16 extended that you can sand smooth then paint and re-drill the hole for a new pull. Even if it's glued you might be be able to drill it out, but it could get messy.
Old 04-16-14, 05:28 PM
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You might re-insert the screw and tap on it from inside...or use an appropriate size dowel or punch. Dried paint can be as bad as glue sometimes.
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I doubt glue also although anything's possible. I'd do like Vic suggested! Might be a good idea to take a utility knife and cut the paint bond all the around the pull.

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