Remove broken screw

Old 08-07-16, 02:21 PM
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Remove broken screw

I have this 2x4 that I screwed to the stairs rail several years ago as a backing for a baby gate. Today I tried to remove it and some of the screws broke, the heads came off with about 1/8" worth. What is the best way to go about removing them?

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Old 08-07-16, 03:15 PM
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I'm guessing you can't/don't want to brute force rip it off the wall.

I've used a 1" holesaw in the past to remove a piece of wood like that.
Drill next to the screw so that it is inside of the holesaw.

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Why does it need to come off?
There's no head holding it in place anymore so why can you not just pry off the 2 X 4 and remove what's left of the shaft on the screw with a vice grip?
Old 08-08-16, 03:34 AM
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I agree with Joe, if all the screw heads are missing it shouldn't be a big deal to pry it off. Just make sure there aren't any nails/screws you missed.

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