The Final Technique For Removing Stripped Screws
How-To: Remove Stripped Scre
Few endeavors can lead to more frustration than combatting a stripped screw, especially for those in the tech or electronics industry where the screws tend to be…well…very small. Successfully braving the situation requires determination, luck, or the proper method!
Below you can learn how to execute our sure-fire method that, when we’ve performed it, has worked 100% of the time.
We call it the ‘Grind and Grip’ technique, a name you’ll soon find to be quite fitting.
What You Will Need
- Screwdriver set for computer/electronics maintenance
- Torx screwdriver bit ranging from T1 to T10
- Flat head screwdriver bit ranging from 0.25x1.5 to 0.5x3.0
Step 1: Grinding Phase
- Place the component with the stripped screw on an appropriate surface - you need space & the ability to use pressure for this solution
- Next, you will need a flat head screwdriver. A good guideline to follow is that the driver bit should be around 1/2 to 2/3 the diameter of the screw's surface
- Take the flat head and bore a hole in the center of the screw. The results should look something like what you see in the picture below in Step 2
Step 2: Dispose of Metal Shavings
- Now that there is a nice round hole in your screw, you might be thinking that it's even more stripped (and you'd be right!)
- Properly dispose of any metal shavings resulting from the prior destruction, and grab your Torx driver bit. Play with the bit sizes until you find one that just barely fits in the freshly bored hole
- Once a suitable Torx bit has been found, grab the screwdriver and prepare for the "Grip Phase". Here the stripped screw will finally be expunged
Step 3: Grip Phase
- After placing the right size Torx bit in the hole, apply pressure and begin twisting counter-clockwise
1. Pressure - be sure to apply enough pressure while twisting so that the bit can grip the screw
2. Bit size - it's also possible that the chosen bit is too small for the hole, so double-check that as well
Now that the stripped screw is gone, you’ve successfully performed the ‘Grind and Grip’ technique!
We hope this solution can be of some use for future endeavors and would appreciate any feedback, concerns, or comments to be posted below.
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