How to get out a messed up Phillips Head screw?

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Old 08-16-12, 12:31 PM
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How to get out a messed up Phillips Head screw?

Trying to replace the seat pedestal for a seat on my boat and it has 8 large phillips head screws holding it down. 3 of them came out easily but the others I messed up with my drill trying to get them out. Even though I used a lot of down pressure, the tip still spun in the head and knocked all the shoulders down. They have a large head, even larger than a #2.

How can I get these out? Should I drill them out? Would that work?

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Chris
 
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Old 08-16-12, 01:22 PM
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You can file or hacksaw a slot across the head of the screw and use a straight slot screwdriver. Another option is to borrow an impact screwdriver. Depending on the size of the screw you can also drill a hole in the screw and use an easy out.
 
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Old 08-16-12, 01:29 PM
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Unfortunately, the head is recessed, so I don't think I'll be able to turn it into a slotted screw. Guess I'll try to drill them out.
 
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Old 08-16-12, 01:59 PM
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They sell screw extractors for this - any hardware store should have them.
 
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Sears has a decent Craftsman screw extractor set that I can attest to.
 
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X: I've had my eye on that set for a while, now I have to go get it
 
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If you ask me, it is WAY overpriced, but what can you do?
 
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