We've all been there; clumsily fumbling with a screwdriver trying to remove a screw only to notice that it's been stripped, either by your hands in haste or left behind by a previously frustrated repairer. I guess the screw is there for good, right? Nope! Removing a stripped screw takes a little ingenuity, but is fairly straightforward. We'll look at a 5 surefire methods to remove a stripped screw, starting from least destructive and moving through to more destructive methods. The...

We've all been there; clumsily fumbling with a screwdriver trying to remove a screw only to notice that it's been stripped, either by your hands in haste or left behind by a previously frustrated repairer. I guess the screw is there for good, right? Nope! Removing a stripped screw takes a little ingenuity, but is fairly straightforward. We'll look at a 5 surefire methods to remove a stripped screw, starting from least destructive and moving through to more destructive methods. The...

Stripped screw? 2 more methods to try:  1. duct tape and 2. Drill (metal piercing bit) deeper hold so screwdriver can gain traction.

Stripped screw? 2 more methods to try: 1. duct tape and 2. Drill (metal piercing bit) deeper hold so screwdriver can gain traction.

Master carpenter Norm Abram shows how to remove a stripped screw. | Photo: David Carmack | thisoldhouse.com

Master carpenter Norm Abram shows how to remove a stripped screw. | Photo: David Carmack | thisoldhouse.com

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