How to remove small stripped screws | stripped laptop screws | stripped phone screw removal


in this video I’m going to take a look
at how to remove some small rounded off screws to start off we’re going to
remove a screw which is a recessed hole and that has actually been rounded off
completely and we can’t actually get that undone and if you try turn it, it’s just
spinning around on the head one of the first things you can try is an elastic band this
works very well on some damaged screws simply take the elastic band pull it
over the end of the screwdriver bit like so and in some cases that will actually
enable you to grip the screw and remove it with this example
I don’t think it’s going to work because it’s actually in a recessed hole as
well but we will just give that a try that’s not actually doing a great deal
so what you can do because the screws are a lot smaller is you can actually
try a latex glove so I’m just going to take a magnet which is Neodymium I’m just
going to place a screwdriver through that and that will magnetize the end of
the driver bit I’m going to rip the thumb off there, put the screwdriver in there we’ll see if that
will remove the screw it does feel like it is undoing there we
have actually got the screw out if you take a look at the end of that you can
see that it is quite badly damaged that’s always the easiest option trying
an elastic band or a latex glove etc and also if you’ve got a magnet that can
help to remove the screw from a recessed hole in this example we have a phone
case and a couple of these screws have been rounded off completely
these actually use a 1.5 millimeter hex key or allen key that is very small and
if we use that in some of these we can actually undo them and remove them again
I’ll just get the magnets again to pop that screw out these are so badly
stripped that the elastic band method definitely will not work or the latex
glove so with these we’re actually going to use a different technique these are
the Trend Micro Grab It bits which are a type of damaged screw extractor these
are designed specifically for use on small screws like this so what we can do
with these is we can take the smallest size which is that one we could put this
into a small drill we can use that end first to burnish the hole and then we
can use that end which is the screw extractor part and there’s every chance
that that will undo that screw and pull it out and actually they are so badly
rounded that we don’t actually need to use the burnishing part so I’m just
going to put this in the drill I’m ensuring that the drill is in reverse
and I’m also choosing the slowest speed so I’m now going to get the micro Grab
it I’m going to push that into the screw and I’m gonna slowly try to undo it and as you can see that works very well
indeed you know I just need to remove that from the end of there and that has
gripped it really well so they are absolutely fantastic and
they make this kind of job very easy indeed another option is to use a
left-handed drill bit these actually work in Reverse so a normal right-handed drill bit turns clockwise these actually turn and cut anti-clockwise
obviously there’s gonna be a bit of swarf this time so I’ve got the magnet
inside of the latex glove that should collect the majority of this swarf again
I want to ensure that the drill is in reverse and on a slow speed as you can
see that actually bit into the screw and removed it quite easily
another thing when you’re trying to remove screws is that sometimes the
actual thread on the screw itself is damaged or the bit that it is screwed
into and if that’s the case you’ll often find that when you are on screwing it
even if the screwdriver head has got good contact that you can’t remove the
screw so it’s always a good idea in examples like that to try and get some
kind of leverage under the part that you are removing so for example
sometimes you can use your nail sometimes you might need a bit more
leverage using something like that you simply put that in there lever it
up and that can help tremendously when you’re removing some screws especially
the threads on the screw are stripped in this example we’ve got a couple of T5
screws which are rounded off and that is the actual driver for them and you can
see that these are very small indeed so there’s just not chance at all of us
un-doing them the driver just spins around completely what you can do with screws like this is you can
actually try a piece of tinfoil often called aluminium foil this is what we
use when we are baking etc and sometimes that will fill the hole enough to
enable you to grip it so I’m just going to put that over the screw and then I’m
just going to press down until I find the hole and then I’m going to try to
undo it and by doing that you’d actually just
fill the hole in the screw and that enabled us to undo it that is very
similar to the elastic band or the latex glove is just something else that
you can try if you have a rounded off screw another thing you can use is super
glue or epoxy if you use epoxy it does take quite a while to go off so I’ll
just demonstrate this one again as you can see that just spins around there
completely it’s not gripping to anything I’ll apply a bit of super glue to the tip
of the driver I’ll then place that in there and we’ll just give that a couple
of minutes so that’s been in there for about a minute and I’ll see if we can
undo that and as you can see that works perfectly
so that’s some of the techniques that you can use to remove small stripped or
rounded screws I hope you found this video useful if you have and you haven’t done so already please subscribe to the channel

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