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How to Remove Stripped Screws?

Whether you neglected to penetrate a pilot gap or drove a screw too rapidly, nothing puts a stop to your carpentry extend speedier than a screw with stripped head. Luckily, there’s a smooth and effective approach to manage this baffling issue. All you need are a couple devices and supplies, all of which are sensibly evaluated and sold at any nearby home change or handyman shop in your neighborhood. Keep perusing to survey a fundamental manual for expelling stripped screws from wood.

What You Will Need

  • Bore
  • Screw Extractor Set
  • Long-Nose Locking Pliers

For Screw Heads Above Wood

Clasp your locking forceps onto the screw, situating them as near the wood as could be expected under the circumstances.

When you have a strong grasp, utilize the pincers to tenderly turn the screw counterclockwise. Be delicate to abstain from snapping off the screw head.

You can utilize a bit of cardboard to put around screw to keep any coincidental scratching.

For Screw Heads At or Below Wood

For screw heads that are flush with the wood surface or slightly below, you will need to use your screw extractor set.

Using your drill, make a 1/8 inch deep hole in the top of the screw head. It should be large enough to accept the largest screw extractor that will fit the head.

Position the extractor into the hole you drilled, and then slowly turn it counterclockwise and press down until you feel the extractor threads catch.

Slowly turn the extractor to wind the screw out just enough to where you can grab it with your gripping pliers.

Tips for Preventing Stripped Screw Heads

For screws 2 1/2 inches or longer, rub the heads with candle wax or beeswax to reduce friction.

Do not forget to drill pilot holes for your screws.

Choose a drill set that lets you drill pilot holes in multiple sizes to match your screws.

Drill larger pilot holes for hardwoods to avoid splitting.

Always choose the proper screws for your project.