Screws: How to Loosen a Stuck Phillips Screw
Conquer stripped-out Phillips screws
Frustrated by a Phillips screw that's starting to strip out? Salvage the situation with one of these tips before you go through the misery of drilling out the screw.
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Two Phillips screw extraction methods
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. Check out these tips for removing stuck screws of all kinds.
Required Tools for this Phillips Screw Removal Project
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You’ll also need a Phillips screwdriver with a good tip and a handheld impact screwdriver
Required Materials for this Phillips Screw Removal Project
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here’s a list.