How to remove stripped screws – 7 different ways

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In this video I look at how to remove some stripped screws by using everything from an elastic band to a dedicated damaged screw removal bit. The 7 techniques used in this video are- Elastic band Impact screwdriver Damaged screw remover Trend Grab it pro Left handed drill bit Centre punch Cold chisel There is no one method that works on all screws and if you get a long wood screw with a stripped head you have not much chance of removing it.

is the swearing and pleading method not useful?
ex-PFC Wintergreen.
I wouldn’t believe a thing he says, he’s clearly got a screw loose
Its all fun and games until you need to remove a screw from your pc
Big Will
The bloody rubber band trick worked you legend!
Duh just use a damaged screwdriver
Santosh Kiran
Nothing except the Rubber Band is available in my country.
May I add another method to your armoury - after hours of struggling to get a screw from wood I eventually got my electric soldering iron and placed the tip on the remains of the screw head for about five minutes (this expanded the screw) I then let it cool, the screw then went back to original size, but the hole it had made didn't. I then got the screw out VERY EASILY just using a pair of grips. I haven't tried this method on a screw into metal but screws holding door hinges onto wooden frames or a wooden door can sometimes be a right [email protected]$*@rd. I recall back when we had coal fires a red hot poker would perform this trick - but an old screwdriver and a gas hob will do the job if a soldering iron isn't available.
Ty Kellerman
What needs to happen is philips head should be banned and replaced with the Canadian Robertson
Richard's World Traveler
You have one more to remove. Try some homemade explosives on it.
I wish philips screws would just disappear, so many mangled screws due to so many people confusing philips and pozidrive.
Patrick McIntosh
Cheap screws and cheap tools equal stripped screws and wrecked tools. Invest and rest.
Lord Krythic
You forgot to mention the power of God and Prayer! With God at your side you can overcome any obstacles!
Steve Huffer
A piece of coarse sandpaper can have a similar effect to the elastic band.
Lawrence Patrick
stripped screws is my worst nightmare and can be off putting in diy projects. screw this, im outta here
Wes Soflomia
I use Voodoo and peanut butter, works 1% everytime.
John Crapper
your rubber band trick helped me fix an old bicycle. I think that's worth a thumbs up. thanks man!
Aman A
What surprises me the most is that people use power tools to remove or tighten a euro lock screw....
nightmare in action
Thank you none of fthese workes it made it worse
Gordon Aitchison
Never knew about the rubber band trick. Re the last one, the wood screw, what I've done before is to grind out a straight slot using a Dremel with a cut off disc.
Your methods work great on newer screws with nice and clean threads. I just removed 4 number 3 head screws in the rear of a '78 Bronco this afternoon using the classic "weld a nut to the screw head" method because the threads were rusted and wouldn't come out unless extreme measures were used. I welded a nut to the head of the screw, and used an open end wrench / socket wrench to remove the screws. works like a charm every time.
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Nah I just grab a gun and shoot a hole through the screw 😎😂
Idk why philip heads are used on anything.
Wi Gs
Once I rounded a internal hex screw in an engine block that had red loctite on it, in order to remove that sob I put super glue on the bit and allow it to set in the fastener. It worked like I hoped it would have then I burned the glue of the bit to get it out.
Peter Parker
All good tips. I've tried all of those except the elastic band one. Interesting. Another one to add to the list is, hammer a Robertson screw driver into the head and just unscrew to remove. I find the square bit bites into a damaged Phillips head very well.
I think he said hassle but it sounded like something else ;-). 2:40
Yeah Caitleen wow
Thank you this is really helping coz I have the same problem.. Thanks once again for sharing Stay healthy and keep sharing useful tips...
Doug van der Hoop
Good video! The eighth method is to use a small drill bit to drill down into the center of the screw then use an easy out to remove the screw. That's how it's done in avaition.
Any tips on how to remove a very small stripped screw? It's on the plastic case of a laptop! :-S The only one of the 7 methods I could apply to my case was the 1st, with rubber didn't work unfortunately.
Miguel Almanza
I want to make a comment on the fact that i havent searched for anything related to stripped screws. I was however on the job today and we were dealing with a stripped screw. We did talk about it but never searched it. Big brother is listening i guess lmao
Willy Rivero
Amazing. Didn't realize there were so many ways to do this job. Thanks a lot. I subscribed right away!
Jo Baecker
An elastic band...we'll I'll be...
I have seen the rubber band trick a few times but I have never put it into practice, I can't believe it really is that effective! Great to see some other methods of screw removal as especially in older houses like mine you see a lot of screws that have seen better days and are almost impossible to remove with a regular screwdriving bit.....well not anymore! A great video showing some really useful tips on to remove those massacred screws heads that can sometimes really ruin a perfectly good day. I have often just used a Dremel with a thin cutting disc to almost score and reinstate the screw head grooves enabling me to get in with a screw driving bit and remove the great....if you have a Dremel.
Ed Saucin
Stripped screws is why we should all invest in torx screws. Standard Flathead screws can cut, Philips screws are nothing but strippers, Squareular screws always get stuck, hex screws also get stuck, rivers can’t be removed, nails can split wood or pry off, staples also can split or pry off, triangular screws require special tools. torx are designed for heavy duty
Michael Tricker
Many times you can take the proper screw bit and file 1 - 2mm of material of the point. Tap the bit into the damaged screw hole a few times with a hammer and then unscrew as usual. Cheap, and some finish screw heads, are not very well formed during manufacturing and the point of the screw bit hits the bottom of the screw head stopping the lands of the screwdriver bit engaging with the form of the screw head. And so when you try and use a cordless to remove the screw it cams the head out. This trick also works with screws that are filled with paint for the same reason. One last related trick is when you are making forms for concrete. Screw heads that get filled with concrete are a nightmare to get undone. I get a tube of cheap caulk and squirt some over the head of each screw before the concrete i poured. When you come to break down the forms just push the screwdriver bit through the caulk and the screw will come out every time.
Who’s Phillip?
Wasting Time
If you don't have a drill and want to use the left handed extractor do you need a left handed screwdriver?
Mircea Constantinescu
Trev SpRks
What about using a Dremel and turning it to a flat head and then just used a flat head to get it out but that’s depending on the situation
David Twigg
Hmm...the rubber band trick has me thinking. I wonder how a bit dipped in plastic coat would do.
I don’t know who you are, but I know genius when I see it. Greetings from across the pond. Subscribed.
Greg Jordan
Well they weren’t tight were they. How often does it unscrew after half a turn on left hand drill bits or anything.
Chris Bailey
Great info. But try removing screws in aviation. It’s a totally different beast.
theres another way but some people wont seek it
Great video 🤔 but 10 to 15 pounds of what ???
Edgar Allan Poe
That’s very useful and awesome 😎 there’s nothing nastier like such damaged screws with ugly rounded off heads
EvHexRC 1
Roger Gustafsson
Usually the screws are rusted and stuck in there badly as well.
Dominique Buzon
You made a very good, useful and well presented video!
Mark Conger
Excellent tutorial. One tip I would offer which seems rather obvious but human behavior being what it is, do not reuse a screw with a damaged head. Throw it away!
Bible Boy
Cómo quitar un tornillo barrido( Spanish translation)
Another great video. Is there anyway to remove a screw holding down a upvc window opening rail where the head has rusted and broken off?
Damn thought the Grab it drill side was a shit....wasn't drilling in reverse. Thanks from Canada.
Patrick Stoute
Cheers mate,just the info i needed 😎🤘🏻!!
Craig Nevermind
I wonder if you could drill a hole into a screw, then glue something hard into it, sticking out. Then just clamp onto it with the drill. The grab it bit, is that principle really Like hard wire.
kturst s
8 methods
Max TheWinCat
But how to remove tiny stripped screws from electronic devices?
Ian Rivlin
Is that a Rochdale accent?
naveed khan
Excellent guy always making my life easier!
Steve Leahy
Thank you
Mohammed Ali
Transgender Twilight Sunrise Brigade
this guy sounds like King Leonitus
Graesen James
There not in there hard at all the clutch on the drill is set on 8 well he's drillin with the left hand bits
dan 1989
Bloody good job sir, done every one except the rubber band one, in a sick way I look forward to rounding off a screw head to give that one a go. But I'll go next level, try rounding off an M6 stainless countersunk screw, Allen head, 25mm long going into stainless steel bar, blind hole. Countersink must be deep enough so screw head is slightly below level. Yes this exact scenario has happened to me and I know the solution. Bar was totally undamaged during removal.
Mario Namewontwork
Its funny I learned the rubber band trick when I was a kid, any time I have ever suggested it to people I always get a funny look.
tinman tinman
Sir what brand is your drill gun is that has hammer mode
beaky cole
Typed in 'stripped' 'screw' & ' different ways' ...i feel cheated..
Sometimes a thin grinding disc make a cross or for a flat screwdriver bit. Damages the hinge or whatever the screw is fixed to though
Soooo.... in short, stripped screws are a pain in the butt
Why is this in my recommended
Sean White
Very well explained and demonstrated. Thank you.
I've never got a stopped screw out with a rubber band. It be easier to get a stripped screw remover kit. I have no idea where to buy one.
Once i was 6 years old and in the Kindergarden i blow out a candle that would sett the Kindergarden on fire. Now im a Fireman🚭🔥💦🚒
Why all machine screws not wood screws??? Try with some wood screws!
Bruce Wayne
I see 8 screws and only 7 ways to remove em.... my OCD is raging... I want my money back.
J Fett
Is that Jurassic park font
ohitsu stu
Thanks, good info. I sometimes used a slotted screw driver, just hammer it into the head. You might damage your driver though..
Nick Swift
How can there be 1.4k dislikes on 7 options to remove a stripped screw? lol
I used to be an electronic tech.. screws in VCRs TV's etc..are notorious for stripping. I was taught by an older tech carry diagonal cutters on me. it works best on screws that above the surface. Grab middle and grab the outside or outside to outside. The important thing is a notch.. it gets out nails and staplers. my 2 cents. I wonder how innertubes would work.
flim flam
click a video about removing stripped screws. first half of it is just him showing you how to strip screws. Whose looking to intentionally strip xD
Jakob Jones
You didn't try the rubber band + impact driver method. If p1 is the probability of the first method and p2 the second then one would expect the probability of both would be p1 + p2 - p1*p2 which is always larger than either one method individually.
Curtis Ongley
There is a first choice that's was missed. If your drill has clutch settings put it on the lowest one in reverse then while pushing hard on the drill try to remove the screw with the correct bit. This creates soft impacts. Gradually turn the strength of the clutch up till either the screw comes out or the bit slips in the head. Slow increases are better than fast ones to give the drill time to work. You can also try using a small punch in the centre of the screw and give it a tap or try to tighten the screw first before loosening. This works just like removing gun nails from timber. You hit them deeper to break the glue then pull them out.
Alex Allan - Aulas Particulares de Inglês
That was awesome. Thanks for the tips, brother. But, for the sake of fun, tell us: Haw deeya feks a krayza oksent loyk yozz? 😀
the screw stuck in my guitar fret how can i get them off??
binod bika
Which drill did you used at first?
Those screws were not even tight... but the the grabits work very well, also valve grinding compound on a good tip works pretty good as well
heating the screw up with a soldering iron till the screw is good and hot sometimes helps too.
Robert Blake
Excellent clip. Thanks. Who would ever have guessed this subject would get over 2mm views and 1.2m comments in only 13 months. That must mean a lot of us have applied the "swearing and pleading methods" for years.
Those screws were not very tight. Most of those methods are ineffective on tight and corroded hardware
Ged Man
im a proffesional screw remover call me
Gray C
Need to remake this video, but use 2.5-3 inch wood screws. These little machine screws with pre drilled holes doesnt seem much like a real life scenario. Usually when this happens to me its with a longer screw that is a lot harder to get started back out
Shahrooz Shadbakht
Next time u use Torx or Robertson’s
Robert Blake
I purchased four GRABIT SPEED OUT damaged screw extractor bits at Home Depot for about $ 9. Worked perfectly. and made a big difference in the quality of the project. Thanks again.
Awesome! Thanks for the info. I have a very large, and heavy, desk that needs to be moved out, but the screws holding the top on are stripped. It's going to be difficult to do, though, as 1) They are underneath the desk, so have to go under the desk and work pressing up, and 2) they are all in the two sections where the drawers are, so it's even tighter to work within. Out of these techniques, going to try the rubber band first, and if no luck, then I think the left-handed bits would be best as there just isn't enough room to do anything that requires some hand-work and prep. Wish me luck. I don't want to lose this desk, which we'll have to take a saw to it if we cannot get the top off.
Barry Boyd
Great tips. I have the one in black box where you drill anti clockwise and turn it around and do it again but it didn’t work on decking screws. But wish I knew other methods because it was hard work replacing broken decking
As an aircraft mechanic I will try to not damage the screw bit pattern as much as I can if I think it’s going to be troublesome. I will stick some valve grinding compound in the screw head to help aid with grip. I will then use a quarter inch drive ratchet with a, say, Phillips bit in it with a lot of pressure. After that I will try to use a speed handle with a lot of pressure from my shoulder. After that I will try to use a Johnson bar. This video has shown me a few different techniques that are new to me. Thank you.
UK Tony
This video is a life saver. Many thanks for yet another incredibly useful video.
Had a problem with a Euro cylinder lock screw the other day, which left me cursing whoever installed it. I didn't have a rubber band lying around, so I used a bit of sandpaper as suggested in the comments and this time applied more pressure on the power drill and it unscrewed! I would recommend that screws for these locks are hand screwed not drilled in!
Nine Man
Take a cutof disk on grinder and make a slot for a flathead