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(Popular Mechanics)   How can you remove stripped screws, headless nails, and busted fasteners? Here comes the science   (popularmechanics.com) divider line 57
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2013-01-01 03:46:24 PM
I was going to say, "burn down the supporting structure". But that tool is good too.
 
2013-01-01 04:14:06 PM
Answer: How can you remove stripped screws, headless nails, and busted fasteners?

Questions at a serial killer's forum?
 
2013-01-01 04:14:39 PM
you sure that was science? sure it wasn't an ad?
 
2013-01-01 04:20:00 PM
For my most recent stuck and stripped out phillips screw head, I wound up putting a little grinding wheel on a drill and cutting a slot that would take a slotted screwdriver. That part was fast. It was the failed attempts at drilling, screw extractor, and cold-chisel without damaging other stuff that took a while. Next time in a similar situation I'll go for grinding a new slot first.
 
2013-01-01 04:20:29 PM
And here I thought science was, like, my sign is Gemini.
 
2013-01-01 04:56:01 PM
OK. How do I remove the small incandescent light but from out my lava lamp? That biatch be stuck, but good.
 
2013-01-01 05:05:41 PM

zerkalo: OK. How do I remove the small incandescent light but from out my lava lamp? That biatch be stuck, but good.


Did you mean light bulb?  If so, use some WD40 on it, let it sit for a few hours and give it a try.

Also, this was an ad, not science.
 
2013-01-01 05:06:45 PM
www.northerntool.com
 
2013-01-01 05:11:00 PM
And if the bolt head is broken off in metal. (not wood)

0.tqn.com
Thread is reversed so that when it digs in to the shank it unscrews the broken bolt as this gets tighter.
 
2013-01-01 05:15:50 PM
Here's an ad and some some instruction on how to use the product.
I still maintain that PM is written by interns.
And should maybe be called Elementary Mechanics.
 
2013-01-01 05:20:36 PM
Yeah... least informative article of the year so far, but most informative ad.
 
2013-01-01 05:22:42 PM
I just stare at them until they remove themselves.
 
2013-01-01 05:24:01 PM
Yeah, article is about equally part ad, part useful, part crap. Long-handled nippers will remove almost any nail or screw if it's still at least a bit exposed. Catspaw is good but will typically mark up / chew up the surface more, but it's better if the fastner isn't exposed. Yes, either of these tools, used properly, will remove a screw.

Cutting a new slot, as mentioned above, often works. You can also square off the head of a rounded-off bolt, if you don't have a compression-effect wrench (as seen on TV, generally) to use on it. Extractors are great but cost more and take a little practice; you may need a nut splitter as well in some cases.

Liquid Wrench or PB Blaster can be extremely helpful, too. WD-40 is more hit-and-miss.
 
2013-01-01 05:24:58 PM
Cat's paw? I've always heard it called a sheep's foot.
 
2013-01-01 05:25:44 PM
30+ year-old PM mags are gold, full of practical tips. PM mags post-eighties are mostly crap.
 
2013-01-01 05:44:40 PM

zerkalo: OK. How do I remove the small incandescent light but from out my lava lamp? That biatch be stuck, but good.


Cut a potato in half and use it to unscrew the broken bulb.
 
2013-01-01 05:49:05 PM
Listen to the money talk...
 
2013-01-01 05:53:01 PM
For screws:
toolmonger.com
Nails:
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-01 05:53:19 PM

Thosw: Cat's paw? I've always heard it called a sheep's foot.


Wonder Bar, here, after the Stanley tool of the same name. Mine's Vaughan, and bulletproof.
 
2013-01-01 05:58:52 PM

Thosw: Cat's paw? I've always heard it called a sheep's foot.


Camel toe.
 
2013-01-01 06:02:07 PM

Sword and Shield: Thosw: Cat's paw? I've always heard it called a sheep's foot.

Wonder Bar, here, after the Stanley tool of the same name. Mine's Vaughan, and bulletproof.


Also called a Pry Bar. Got one of those too.

/house built 1902 and was put together with nails with virtually no head
 
2013-01-01 06:05:32 PM

jamspoon: Sword and Shield: Thosw: Cat's paw? I've always heard it called a sheep's foot.

Wonder Bar, here, after the Stanley tool of the same name. Mine's Vaughan, and bulletproof.

Also called a Pry Bar. Got one of those too.

/house built 1902 and was put together with nails with virtually no head


Square-profile nails, by chance? Save 'em if so- architectural reclamation firms will actually buy them around here.
 
2013-01-01 06:12:52 PM
How can you remove stripped screws, headless nails, and busted fasteners? Here comes the scienceadvertisement

FTFY, Submittard.
 
2013-01-01 06:25:06 PM

FunkOut: I just stare at them until they remove themselves.


That's always worked for me as well.
 
2013-01-01 06:29:35 PM

Rich Cream: And if the bolt head is broken off in metal. (not wood)

[0.tqn.com image 400x400]
Thread is reversed so that when it digs in to the shank it unscrews the broken bolt as this gets tighter.


This tool, originally under the brand name of easy-out, has been around for 40+ years.
 
2013-01-01 06:32:59 PM

Glancing Blow: Rich Cream: And if the bolt head is broken off in metal. (not wood)

[0.tqn.com image 400x400]
Thread is reversed so that when it digs in to the shank it unscrews the broken bolt as this gets tighter.

This tool, originally under the brand name of easy-out, has been around for 40+ years.


That does it. Who do I sue for stealing my favourite appendage's patented name?
 
2013-01-01 06:37:50 PM
Good grief- on my iPad I had to close a full screen popup ad, followed by a smaller popup ad over the text just to see the article, which was an ad.

(yodogIheardyoulike.jpg)
 
2013-01-01 07:12:57 PM

Kuroshin: Thosw: Cat's paw? I've always heard it called a sheep's foot.

Camel toe.


Those are for pulling out railroad spikes
 
2013-01-01 07:13:12 PM
I know it's mostly an ad, but I gotta say that Knipex tools seem to be worth the price. I just started buying them to replace other brands in the shop that have broken/worn out.
 
2013-01-01 07:19:08 PM

Gough: I know it's mostly an ad, but I gotta say that Knipex tools seem to be worth the price. I just started buying them to replace other brands in the shop that have broken/worn out.


Don't panic, you still got the exposure and the rubes love gadgets when they don't how to do something.
 
2013-01-01 07:34:58 PM
It's a sad day when pm needs to publish something so very basic.

Up next: how to put on a spare tire.
 
2013-01-01 07:42:11 PM
I've never cared for easy outs. If its a small bolt that gets broken drilling into it can be difficult and the easy out is so small that if it bites it usually breaks off. Most of the bolts I've broken are because they're seized in the hole enough it broke. If it simply broke from being overloaded a left hand drill is usually enough to remove it.

Regardless there isn't a simple one thing that works for any fastener that's broken or rounded off.
 
2013-01-01 07:42:32 PM
Drillaaaaaaah!

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-01 08:37:06 PM
I dont usually work with wood, but when I have a broken fastener I will put the piece in my mill that works best. The torch outfit, pb blaster, amd a pair of vice grips can go a long way too. Most screw extractors are junk, but occasionally you can find some worth the effort. also left handed drills can be a God send if the fastener isnt torqued very high
 
2013-01-01 09:36:28 PM
So they're saying: the best way to do something is to use the tool that does it?  Good to know.
 
2013-01-01 09:46:00 PM
I have to second the left handed drill bits, packaging machine bolts break at the worst time, and most inconvenient places, but a cordless drill and those bits are like magic sometimes. I also have some ez-outs, but break on off in said part and you are royally farked....
 
2013-01-01 09:53:01 PM
farking magnets?
 
2013-01-01 10:06:44 PM
Protip: if you break off an extractor in a bolt, use a carbide tipped masonry bit to drill it out.
Source: I've broken off several extractors in badly rusted bolts, especially 1/4"/6mm and smaller, I tried cobalt bits, they cut a bit but quickly dulled, carbide tipped masonry bit has worked every time :)
 
2013-01-01 10:57:45 PM
Protip: if any of this ad was news to you, turn in your man card and GTFO.
 
2013-01-01 11:26:29 PM

Your Average Witty Fark User: Protip: if any of this ad was news to you, turn in your man card and GTFO.


Yeah! How dare someone not know something useful!

Do you know you stupid you sound? Most people I know don't even have garages, much less workbenches. They don't have shop classes at any school I'm familiar with. Where do you recommend Real Men get their information other than internet articles and videos?
 
2013-01-02 12:10:14 AM
Oh stripped screws, how I have tried to forget you.

farm8.staticflickr.com

www.marvingroup.com

AIM-9 Missle rail for an F-16 has around 120 fasteners. All of them need to come out when servicing. They needed servicing often. Now you had to be very careful when you were dealing with a stripped screw since the nuts were loosely spot welded on the inside. If a weld broke, the screw and nut will spin. Those go to the machine shop.

8-10 rails in a 12 hour shift, yeah!

/speed handle FTW!
 
2013-01-02 01:27:11 AM
Sometimes nothing works. I had a bolt that holds the base to a plasma tv get stuck. It's still there. I took the dremel to it to remove the head so I could do what I needed to do, but that was after destroying two of those bolt remover thingies. They just snapped in two. The second one is forever embedded in the bolt, which is forever embedded in the tv.
 
2013-01-02 01:28:37 AM
Before you drill it out you should center punch the bolt.

/Punch the subby too...this is handyman 101 stuff.
 
2013-01-02 01:31:52 AM
I call up my buddy Chuck Norris. He comes over, narrows his eyes at the offending screw or nail, and it poops right out by itself.

/No, not THAT Chuck Norris.
//But nails and screws have the approximate intelligence of a Fark Liberal, so THEY don't know that.
///slashies
 
2013-01-02 01:32:25 AM

BolloxReader: Where do you recommend Real Men get their information other than internet articles and videos?


Try your Dad!

/not a joke....really, your Dad knows this.
 
2013-01-02 02:23:19 AM

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: I call up my buddy Chuck Norris. He comes over, narrows his eyes at the offending screw or nail, and it poops right out by itself.


Intentional or not, that's funny.
 
2013-01-02 07:53:21 AM

SinisterDexter: For my most recent stuck and stripped out phillips screw head, I wound up putting a little grinding wheel on a drill and cutting a slot that would take a slotted screwdriver. That part was fast. It was the failed attempts at drilling, screw extractor, and cold-chisel without damaging other stuff that took a while. Next time in a similar situation I'll go for grinding a new slot first.


I actually thought about that when I was falling asleep the other day.
 
2013-01-02 08:36:18 AM
Explosives are not mentioned at all. I am disappoint.
 
2013-01-02 08:37:18 AM

bones870: Before you drill it out you should center punch the bolt.

/Punch the subby too...this is handyman 101 stuff.


You're forgetting, this is Fark. There are a lot of good techies in the world who think a pair of pliers make a pretty good hammer. This is for them.
 
2013-01-02 10:36:50 AM
First things first, replace worn out tools.

Second,
For screw heads that strip

Anti cam out screw driver and bits.
http://www.wihatools.com/400seri/469seracosl2.htm

Or use anti cam out fluid
http://www.vibra-tite.com/drivegrip.php
 
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