Extract A Stripped Screw With Your Drill

Stripped screws are a fact of life, and can throw a wrench into a smooth-running DIY project. Here's the best way to remove a stripped screw with your cordless drill.

We've shared a number of clever tricks for removing stripped screws over the years, but struggling with a pair of vice grips that are clamped to a stripped head is not fun and wastes too much time. And frankly, if you're a DIY veteran, you probably have better tools for the job.

So instead of wasting a rubber band, follow this tip from Robert Robillard: simply pick up your cordless drill and open up the keyless chuck, just enough so it fits directly over the head of your screw. Then tighten it back up as tight as you can. Make sure your drill is on reverse, then slowly allow your drill to unscrew the stripped screw.

Grab a new screw and get back to work!

Removing a Stripped Screw [Robert Robillard ]


Comments

    It wouldn't work for screws that are countersunk or even super close to the wood.

    The hardware sells screw remover packs for a couple of bucks, get them and save the hassle.

    http://www.bunnings.com.au/craftright-high-speed-steel-screw-remover-set-3-pack_p6330067

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