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    Default how to remove stubborn screws

    recently created a huge problem for myself by inserting the wrong screws into the wrong hole and upon attempting to remove them the screw/screwdriver interface balled out and now no grip can be achieved.

    maybe with the right screw driver and some leverage some progress can be made.

    the width of the screws was correct, the head was slightly too wide of one of the insertion points however the main issue is that the length was too great and has redered teh dvd drive UNOPENABLE.


    have a great day. hopefully i am able to work through my problem
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    Default Re: how to remove stubborn screws

    If you've stripped the screw head the only way to do it would be to tap the screw out, that is, drill a hole through it, and use a tapping screw to twist it out.

    Perhaps someone has a better idea, that technique isn't available to most people.
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    Default Re: how to remove stubborn screws

    there is some head left, the perfect screwdriver might stand a chance.
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    Default Re: how to remove stubborn screws

    I just think you are screwed
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    Default Re: how to remove stubborn screws

    If there is enough head sticking out; it maybe a needle-nosed pliers job

    Or you could possibly get a hacksaw and carefully cut a slot in the top of the screw - and use a flat head screwdriver to get it out.
    Other than that... possibly a piece of paper over the screwdriver head might pad it sufficiently to get the screw out.
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    Default Re: how to remove stubborn screws

    Must have been using a munted screwdriver of the wrong size in the first place, given this is a screw through thin plate steel which was pre-threaded.

    I'm very confident that some care with a new, appropriate driver will see the screws out easily.

    If you can't get enough of a grip on the shaft of a smaller screwdriver, then use pliers to grip and turn the screwdriver. But remember to keep very firm pressure down into the head of the screw the whole time.

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    Default Re: how to remove stubborn screws

    Or you could buy an easy out tool. http://www.machine.co.nz/hand-tools-...-pce-new-29118
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    Default Re: how to remove stubborn screws

    Take pliers to it or drill the head off, remove the drive, open the drive, remove the left overs.
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    Default Re: how to remove stubborn screws

    I'd expect a small pair of vice grips and some patience would get them out. And I second the thought that you must be using the wrong screwdriver, a common mistake is to see a small phillips screw and assume it's the small size screwdriver when in fact it's a standard size one (no. 2 I think) that might look too big but fits perfectly. The smaller size is actually pretty uncommon and used on very small screws. Another common issue is people who can't tell the difference between phillips head and pozidrive screws, they tend to strip out each others screw heads because the angle is different.
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    Default Re: how to remove stubborn screws

    Quote Originally Posted by Trev View Post
    Or you could buy an easy out tool. http://www.machine.co.nz/hand-tools-...-pce-new-29118
    That's the sort of thing I was looking for! Couldn't remember the name.
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