How to Take Out a Stripped Screw

The stripped screw is one of those home improvement problems that never seems to get better.  Talk about frustrating!  However, with the right tools and a little know-how, this recurring issue can be dealt with once and for all!  Watch the video and see how Lou demonstrates just how to Fix It in 15:00.

Screw extraction kit.  That’s right, it’s actually a thing.  Because this problem is so widespread they actually invented a tool just for this very specific job.  Each kit has a variety of bit sizes, depending on the size of the screw you’re trying to remove.  One side has the ability to bore into the head to prepare the surface for extraction and another side that grips onto the screw itself.  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

So how do you remove a stripped screw?  Just follow these steps:

  1. Using your drill on the forward setting, carefully use the boring end of the extraction bit to make an impression in the screw head
  2. Swap the bit to the other end
  3. Put your drill in reverse motion, and while applying pressure, back out the screw

That’s it, problem solved and you’ll be forearmed for the next time you inevitably face another stripped screw.

The stripped screw is one of those home improvement problems that never seems to get better.  Talk about frustrating!  However, with the right tools and a little know-how, this recurring issue can be dealt with once and for all!  Watch the video and see how Lou demonstrates just how to Fix It in 15:00.

Screw extraction kit.  That’s right, it’s actually a thing.  Because this problem is so widespread they actually invented a tool just for this very specific job.  Each kit has a variety of bit sizes, depending on the size of the screw you’re trying to remove.  One side has the ability to bore into the head to prepare the surface for extraction and another side that grips onto the screw itself.  It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

So how do you remove a stripped screw?  Just follow these steps:

  1. Using your drill on the forward setting, carefully use the boring end of the extraction bit to make an impression in the screw head
  2. Swap the bit to the other end
  3. Put your drill in reverse motion, and while applying pressure, back out the screw

That’s it, problem solved and you’ll be forearmed for the next time you inevitably face another stripped screw.