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  1. If the screw is stripped, hammer it with the end of the drill bit into the screw so that you reform the screw. Then set the drill to the slowest speed that it can turn the screw at and push with as much force as you can while unscrewing it. Good luck.

    My friend and I just moved the couch in. Just when I was about to call it quits on the operation, he somehow magically got the leg passed the jam that it was clearly not going to go beyond. We both have no idea how he did it, but we were pretty stoked. The next part was putting the door back on. Jimmy is better at moving couches than screwing in door hinges. He stripped one of the screws while clumsily screwing the hinge in. It wouldn't have been that big a deal as the screw was all the way in again but we didn't line it up right and so the door wouldn't close. He was suggesting we just keep trying to unscrew the stripped screw, but I am wiser than that in my old age. I had a better idea. Since the screw was so soft, we could reform it. We didn't have a hammer so I knocked on the door of the friendly neighbor (unfortunately, not the one in 3C), and he had one. I was able to reform it just enough to get the screw out.

    Mood: Accomplished.

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    2. GreyGhost

      GreyGhost

      Mild steel with a surface hardened tip = cheap rubbish. I've snapped a couple of screwdrivers but never managed to twist one.

    3. Maes

      Maes

      GreyGhost said:

      Mild steel


      If it was actually steel, I'd be a happy puppy. But most of the time, when these screwdrivers break or wear, you see that the material's section has a grainy, porous texture. That's quite unlike any type of "steel" I know of, but quite compatible with cast iron/low-grade aluminum. Yeah. Cast. Fucking. Iron. For tipped tools. That's $1-store tools for you.

    4. Coopersville

      Coopersville

      soft screws can be re-grooved


      This sounds like an awesome retort to the "square peg in a round hole" argument by an evil villain of some kind. I might include it into something I write in the future, unless it's been done before-- then I'll still do it, but deny knowledge.

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