Screw stuck


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Old 07-08-16, 04:00 AM
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Screw stuck

So, I have a stairway railing that wasn't exactly attached to the wall. Upon further investigation I noticed that there was a screw trying to attach the stairway railing to the wall but the screw head was completely broken off leaving just the screw body stuck in the wall. I bought a screw extractor and attempted to use it on the screw with no success. I even tried using pliers and tried using wd-40 around the screw to maybe loosen it up. I've tried taking a hammer and hammering a screwdriver in the screw and I have tried placing a steel wool in the screw opening and tried taking a screwdriver, placing it in the steel wool, and unscrewing but that didn't work either. Is there anything I can do to try to get it out of the wall?
 
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Old 07-08-16, 04:07 AM
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Can you get a hold of it with vise grips? You could also drill the head out, remove the bracket and then use vise grips.
 
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Old 07-08-16, 12:40 PM
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Broken Screw

Remove the railing from the screw body; then remove the screw body.
 
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Old 07-08-16, 01:51 PM
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Or remove the bracket from the railing. Then you could dig into the sheetrock to get a better grip.
 
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Old 07-08-16, 05:10 PM
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I appreciate everyone getting back to me so quickly.

I have tried vice grips but all they do is slide around the screw since the screw is in so tight. The way the stairwell was made (it's entirely metal), I can't remove the stairwell unless I cut it completely off and re-solder it or something. I took some photos because that may make it easier possibly for you to see what's going on. I apologize if the photos are no help. What you can't see in the photos but I tried to show is the whole all around the screw goes straight back into the stud the screw is in.

https://s32.postimg.org/4dy1fziv9/20160708_173842.jpg
https://s32.postimg.org/bv78v78ed/20160708_173855.jpg
https://s32.postimg.org/q4kfqcg2t/20160708_174009.jpg
 
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Old 07-09-16, 04:09 AM
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The railing is secured to both the wall and the floor with screws. If your vise grip is slipping the odds are you don't have it tight enough.
 
 

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