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Removing a Stripped Screw

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When the head of a screw no longer can be turned with your screw driver tip, it can be difficult to get out. This guide is about removing a stripped screw.
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By 12 found this helpful
December 2, 2013

Use this simple trick to unscrew a stripped screw or remove a screw that just doesn't want to budge. Place a rubber band between your screwdriver and the screw head and start unscrewing. The rubber band fills in the pieces that the stripped screw is missing, creating traction so you can remove it very easily.

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December 12, 2012

We all know how frustrating it can be if a screw is stripped and you need to remove it.

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October 24, 2016

Everyone runs in to a stripped screw from time to time, and they can be a real pain! Here's a helpful tip to try: Place a wide rubber band on your screwdriver, stretching it lengthwise from the handle down across the tip. The rubber helps to 'fill in' the screw head and helps the screwdriver stay put without slipping, which also allows more torque! Works great!

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July 11, 20040 found this helpful

Anyone know how to remove a stripped screw from a wood chair without ruining the wood? Mark

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 12, 20040 found this helpful

You can purchase a screw extractor from Sears. I think the set of 2 or 3 were in the $15-20 range. My husband was surprised at how well they worked.

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July 12, 20040 found this helpful

If you have a steady hand and a small drill bit you can drill into the screw itself to remove it - it will just come out in little shavings.

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Jo

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