If you can’t seem to get that screw out, you probably have a stripped screw. Luckily, ForRent.com is here to show you how to remove it with ease. Check out this quick layout of what’s needed to get started:
-Remove that stripped screw with ease.
-ForRent is here with a quick fix lesson.
-Use a screwdriver that fits snugly to get the screw out.
-Extra leverage can be added by gripping the handle with a wrench.
-You may also add extra material.
-Place a rubber band over the screw head.
-Press down with the screwdriver and turn.
-This can also be done with duct tape and steel wool.
-Super glue the screwdriver to the screw.
-Wait for the glue to dry first, then turn the screwdriver.
-Try heating the screw before removing it.
-This can loosen the threads.
-You can also use a hacksaw or rotary tool.
-Simply cut a flathead notch big enough to fit the screwdriver.
You may still be able to get that stripped screw out with a screwdriver. Make sure you use a screwdriver that fits the screw as closely as possible. If you need more leverage, you can grip the handle with a wrench.
If the screw still won’t budge, you may need to add some extra material to get a better grip. Lay a rubber band over the head of the screw and press down on the hold with a screwdriver. This will give you more traction when turning. You can also try this with steel wool, duct tape, or an abrasive sponge.
If that doesn’t work, try using super glue. Apply the glue to the screw head, and place the screwdriver into the hold. Let the glue dry, then unscrew as normal.
More extreme methods may call for heating the screw. Do this only if it won’t damage the object it’s screwed into. Extra heat can loosen the screw threads, making it easier to remove.
You may also use a hacksaw or rotary tool to cut into the screw, forming a flathead notch. Just remember to use safety glasses when doing this.
With these easy steps, you’ll know how to remove a stripped screw. Further repairs should be a piece of cake.
*We can’t promise you that the following techniques won’t get you in trouble with your property manager. Before you start any of these projects, make sure that you get written permission.
from Apartment Living Blog https://www.forrent.com/blog/diy/how-to-fix-stripped-screws/