4 Best Ways to Remove a Screw with a Stripped Head

Four Methods for Removing a Screw with a Damaged or Stripped Out Head. One is Guaranteed to Work for You.

Nothing can grind a project to a halt like a screw with a stripped head. One of these removal methods is bound to solve the problem. I like to thing of screw removal tools as a sort of first aid kit. You don't need it often, but when you need it you're glad you have it on hand.

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Removing a stripped screw with a rubber band
Step 1

Try the Rubber Band Trick

If the screw head is not too badly damaged, this simple trick can work. Use plenty of downward pressure and turn the screw slowly.

Man applying screw grab to screw
Step 2

Increase the Friction

This product, called Screw Grab, is a thick fluid with gritty crystals suspended in the solution. Often, this added friction between the screw and screwdriver tip is just enough to do the trick.

screw extractor tool
Step 3

A Tool Meant for Screw Removal

This double-ended tool was designed just for screw removal. One end features a reamer to create a shallow hole, the other end has an extractor. Watch the video to see how this works.

Cutting slot in screw with rotary tool
Step 4

Cut a Screwdriver Slot

If you have a rotary tool this is slick method that almost never fails. Put a metal cut off disc in the collet and grind a slot deep enough and wide enough to accommodate a flat blade screwdriver.

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