How to Drill Out a Stripped Screw
There is nothing more irritating than a stripped screw. Whether you are putting together cheap fabricated furniture that comes with soft screws or you went a little too hard on the torque, they can make a quick job into an irritating all-day affair.
We are here to save the day, however. There is an efficient way to drill out a stripped screw that won’t ruin your project or your day. Not only that, but there are also other tricks you can try that will remove a stubborn screw before you decide to go for the drill.
In the article below, we will outline a step-by-step process on how to remove a stripped screw with little fuss.
5 Steps for Removing A Stripped Screw
Even with the most diligent drilling, you will end up with a stripped screw from time to time. Below, we have outlined the five easy steps to remove the screw and continue with the project at hand.
1. Check Your Screw Driver
Before you pull out the drill to remove a stubborn screw, make sure you are using the right sized screwdriver or drill bit. As we mentioned above, using the wrong size is a good way to strip your hardware in the first place. If you realize it early, however, you may be able to catch the screw if you switch to the correct size.
2. Try Pliers
If you can raise the screw away from the surface, you may be able to remove it with pliers. A pair of locking pliers works the best, but anything with a grip can be used. This could potentially save you time but is usually only effective if you have been able to lift the screw slightly from the surface.
3. Find a Drill Bit
If the top two steps are not helping, it’s time to pull out the drill. The most important thing is to find a drill bit that is the same size as the center of your screw. The bit should fit squarely in the center of the stripped area. Any bigger, and it can make the situation worse.
Once you have the right size, slowly drill into the center of the screw. The idea is to separate the head of the screw from the stem. You will know it has separated when the head starts to spin. You also want to make sure you stop drilling as soon as you know the head has lifted.
5. Remove the Stem
Now that the head is removed, you will see that the stem is raised just enough to grab it with a pair of vise grips. Again, a locking pair works best. Use the vice grips to slowly turn the stripped screw, and replace it with a stronger one.
Other Tips for Removing a Stripped Screw
Depending on your project, pulling out the electric drill is not always the best option. Sometimes, you may not have one available. In that case, there are a few other tricks you can try to get rid of a dead screw.
How to Prevent a Stripped Screw?
Sometimes a stripped screw is no one’s fault, or it could be the person who came before you. Regardless of whose fault it is, the best thing to do is to try and keep it from happening in the future. Below, we have shared a few easy tips to help keep your screws in good formation.
Having a stripped screw in the way of completing a project can be a bad turn of events. Keeping these tips and tricks in mind can go a long way in solving the problem with little muss or fuss. If all else fails, our five-step solution is a fail-proof way of removing the stripped screw as efficiently as possible.
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