Machines & Tools, Work Safety

Tools to Remove a Screw without the Head


Do you know the feeling of getting a screw stuck in your hand? It’s not fun. You’re left with an impossible decision: do you try to remove it and risk cutting yourself, or leave it where it is and suffer through the situation until someone comes along who can help? You don’t have to make that decision anymore. We’ve got a solution for removing screws without the head!

If you’re like me, you often find yourself in need of a screwdriver because the head comes off the screw, and it’s hard to remove. Of course, you might be tempted to use your teeth or another tool instead of a screwdriver, but this is not always possible. Luckily, there are other ways to get that pesky screw out without damaging anything.

Extract a broken screw

  • Step 1: Gather your tools- You’ll need a hammer or mallet with some scrap wood under it or an object that can absorb impact from striking with force. You’ll also want a drill with metal bits in various sizes (the larger the bit size, the longer they are). Finally, you’ll need wood putty to fill in any gaps left by removing your screws.
  • Step 2: Put on some protective gear– safety glasses and gloves for this step because we will be dealing with sharp objects.
  • Step 3: Find all of the places where there’s a visible screwhead on both sides of your board.
  • Step 4: Grab something metal (a flathead) and press down on top of the hole where the head used to be until it pops out.

stripped heads

Remove screws with stripped heads

The screws in your life are constantly getting stripped. From the time you take apart a toy to fix it to when you change out the cabinet doors in your kitchen, there’s always one screw that doesn’t want to come undone.  Whether these screws have “been there done that” or not is irrelevant – they’re all victims of stripping. And with no undoing power left, they’re pretty much screwed unless you know how to remove them without damaging the surrounding parts.

It’s frustrating when you can’t remove screws with stripped heads. This is a guide on how to get the screw out without damaging the head. The first step in removing a stripped screw is to drill it out using an appropriate-sized drill bit, which will help you remove any rust or other material that may be causing the problem. You’ll want to make sure that your drill doesn’t have too much power because if it does, it could strip the head even more and make things worse for yourself. Once you’ve drilled into the head of your screw, use a Phillips head screwdriver to loosen up any remaining pieces before trying again with pliers.

As a handyman, I often find myself in situations where the head of a screw has been stripped. This is more than just an inconvenience; it renders the screw unusable and makes projects take twice as long. Luckily there are ways to remove screws without their heads that do not require specialized tools or skills. All you need is patience and some time on your hands.

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