Two screw extraction methods
Photo 1: Coat the tip and turn
Slip a box-end wrench over the hex-shaped “boss” near the screwdriver handle (if equipped). Then coat the tip with valve grinding compound and jam it into the screw head. Push on the screwdriver while you crank on the wrench.Photo: Courtesy of We do everything by our own hands
Valve grinding compound
Valve grinding compound gives the screwdriver tip more grip.Photo: Courtesy of We do everything by our own hands
Photo 2: Hold, smack, turn
Get a solid grip on the impact tool. Then smack the end with a hammer. The blow automatically forces the Phillips bit into the screw head and twists it at the same time.Photo: Courtesy of We do everything by our own hands
Impact tools are available at auto parts stores.Photo: Courtesy of We do everything by our own hands
It’s easy to strip out a Phillips screw, especially if you belong to the “more torque is better” club. Rather than mangle the screw head and then have to drill it out, try these tricks.
At the first sign of “slippage,” coat your Phillips screwdriver tip with valve grinding compound (sold at any auto parts store). Then try removing the screw (Photo 1). If that doesn’t work, buy a handheld impact screwdriver (sold at auto parts store). Smack the screwdriver with a hammer (Photo 2). The “shock and turn” motion usually frees up the screw.
Required Tools for this Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
- Wrench set
Required Materials for this Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.
- Valve grinding compound