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Stripped Screw

It turns out a stripped screw is not nearly as much fun as it sounds like it should be.

I was working on the deck today, tearing out rotten boards and replacing them, using a drill, saw, pliers, hammers, and some nice treated hemlock. The rest I leave to your imagination.

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varianor
Sep. 4th, 2007 12:12 pm (UTC)
The tool to get those damned things out costs about $15 around here. Or was it the thread not the head? Either way, I hope the bleeding stopped quickly. :)
the_monkey_king
Sep. 4th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
It was the head, but my drill doesn't have a low enough speed to use the ScrewOut tool.
valmiras
Sep. 4th, 2007 12:39 pm (UTC)
The "R" drill bits -- the ones with the square cross-section -- are great for removing stripped screws.
the_monkey_king
Sep. 4th, 2007 06:12 pm (UTC)
I wound up pulling the rotted wood away around the screw, then using pliers to turn the screw. Darned awkward, but it worked.
ratzeo
Sep. 4th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised you can do something as ambitious as work on the deck. After Salty's I was too sluggish to do any real running around the next day.
the_monkey_king
Sep. 4th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
Salty's usually leaves me useless for the rest of the day, but the day after I'm ready to chew something up. Like a deck.
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