How to Get Broken Screws Out of Their Holes


If you spend any amount of time in home improvement -- or in any other type of project that requires frequent use of a screwdriver -- you're likely familiar with the frustration of encountering a broken screw. Perhaps the head has stripped past the point where a screwdriver is useful or perhaps it has broken off. Either way, there is one sure-fire way of removing that screw from its hole: using a screw extractor bit.

Things You'll Need

  • Power drill
  • Screw extractor bit
  • Purchase or otherwise obtain a screw extractor that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the broken screw.

  • Install the screw extractor bit in your power drill and set the drill to spin counterclockwise.

  • Place the screw extractor against the broken screw and apply pressure.

  • Pull the trigger on the power drill. The screw extractor bit will bite into the metal of the screw and slowly back it out of the hole.


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