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How to remove a stripped screw?

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by diddle, Nov 29, 2002.

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  1. diddle

    diddle Thread Starter

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    Seriously, I am trying to replace my dvd rom drive, got all screws removed but one of them. It is stripped & won't turn at all. I have tried every screw driver I have, pliers & whatever else I could find & this darn screw won't budge.

    Any ideas on how to remove it:confused:
     
  2. brendandonhu

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    A Gator Grip is only 19.95 and it removes any screw, nail, nut or bolt! Rusted or broken, Cracked or Stripped Gator Grip removes anything!

    I think they have a similar product at sears too.
     
  3. diddle

    diddle Thread Starter

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    awww you mean it's gonna cost me to remove this thing:confused:

    There just has to be another way:(

    Thanks anyway:)
     
  4. Rhettman5.1

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    This sounds like a job for Candy !!!

    Seriously, if there is any of the screw protruding at all, try gently pulling with needle nose plyers as you GENTLY turn the screw with the driver...otherwise....get out the drill bits..Rhett

    (you realize the TSG's will bat this around for months) !!..:D ...Rhett
     
  5. pyritechips

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    OMG B!! I can see you on TV doing an infomercial for this!! There's a career for you- you're a natural! :D :D :D

    ~Jim
     
  6. brendandonhu

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    Thanks Jim :D too bad that infomercialls already taken. Where do you think I got that bit from?
     
  7. diddle

    diddle Thread Starter

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    No part of the screw is protuding at all!!! They are just little suckers too:mad: One tiny little screw is holding me back:mad: I'm ready to take the ax to it. I'm so mad I just covered it up so I wouldn't have to look at it until I can figure this out:confused:
     
  8. combsdon

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    I'm with Rhett on this one........get out the drill...;)
     
  9. pyritechips

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    Don't worry B- by the time you're ready for the big time they will be ready to push the new "Butt-Flexr Turbo Mach 3", designed to fight middle-age spread and chronic "Random Rump", caused my marathon sessions at the computer, in (non)Tech Forums.
     
  10. diddle

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    Don't have a drill:( Hubby took it when he left:mad:
     
  11. eggplant43

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    Go to a personal add site, post for a man with tools, state that he must send pictures of tool box;) Sorry, old joke, couldn't resist!
     
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  13. john1

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    Hi diddle,
    i went past this a couple of times,
    wondering about striped screws.
    I didnt recall anything about stripes,
    so i didnt look in.

    Now ive looked and i realise you meant stripped.
    so i read through the bits about teasing out
    stripped screws, and they're pretty much right
    about stripped screws.

    But a screw with a stripped thread
    is one which will turn easily,
    but wont come out,
    like a loose rivet!

    Your situation where the screw is too tight to turn,
    is not the same.

    For this, i recommend trying the following,
    Get hold of a screwdriver that fits the screw
    as good as you can,
    Stand the PC on its side,
    so that you are working DOWNWARDS on to
    the screw head,
    attach some sort of clamping tool to the screwdriver
    so as to make it easy to turn.
    Lean right over on to the screwdriver
    so as much of your weight as you think it will take
    before buckling is actually bearing down opon the
    screwhead,

    Then give a little bit of turning force, ANTIclockwise
    dont turn too hard if it wont go,
    try clockwise a little bit, thats doing it up,
    sometimes it may move a bit that way, then
    try again ANTIclockwise to remove it.

    Banging it with punches and sawing new slots
    is not a good idea on a computer.

    Best of luck with it,
    ive had tight screws myself,
    they can be a pain.

    I have in the past deformed casings deliberately
    just to remove items without damage.
    The empty casing can usually be 'helped'
    back into reasonable shape.

    John
     
  14. Deke40

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    Right on John. Just had to use that procedure 2 weeks ago to replace my internal modem of my laptop. Using the wrong size screwdriver over time will usually cause this problem.
     
  15. john1

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    Thank you Deke,

    Sometimes a screw is so damaged and tight that
    drilling is unavoidable, most outwardly facing
    screws can be dealt with by carefully using an
    electric drill, but where a screw is 'inboard' or
    inwardly facing, i have used a hand drill, that is
    one like an 'egg wisk' and placed putty around
    the drill-bit. Also placed rags over the electronics,
    also after drilling i would generally turn the unit
    upside down and shake, just in case.
    (i dont have an air line indoors!)
    Such extremes are rare fortunately.

    John
     
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