How to Tighten Metal Screws When Stripped

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Very few things put a project on hold faster than a stripped screw. Impossible to remove using a normal screwdriver, these screws are also impossible to tighten. It may seem like a hopeless situation, but there is a tool that can save the day. If the stripped screw is suitable to the task, but cannot be tightened as needed, using a screw extractor in reverse will succeed in seating the screw flush.

Things You'll Need

  • Center punch
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Screw extractor
  • Tap wrench
  • Mark the exact center of the screw head, using the center punch and hammer.

  • Consult the screw extractor manufacturer's instructions. Drill a hole through the marked punch point at the depth recommended by the manufacturer, using the appropriate drill bit.

  • Slide the extractor into the end of the tap wrench. Place the tip of the extractor into the drilled hole.

  • Set the tap wrench to turn clockwise. Hit the wrench with the hammer until the screw seats flush with the material.

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