Are you frustrated with round screws that just won’t budge? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ll show you the ins and outs of using a screw extractor to remove damaged screws. With the right technique and tools, you can have that broken screw out in less than a minute!
Why Do You Need a Screw Extractor?
Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of using a screw extractor, let’s understand why it’s important. A reliable screw extractor features a tapered bit with reverse threading. When you turn the drill in the opposite direction, it bites into the head of the damaged screw, allowing you to effortlessly remove it. So, it’s not just about knowing how to use a screw extractor, but also about choosing a high-quality product that gets the job done.
Step-by-Step Guide: How to Use a Screw Extractor
To successfully remove damaged screws, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Gather the Necessary Tools
You’ll need a few tools to make the extraction process smooth:
- Screw extractor
- Center punch
- Drill with the appropriate drill bit
- Thread cutting oil and/or penetrating oil
- Safety goggles
Step 2: Prioritize Safety
Always put safety first! Make sure to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from any flying metal shards. Additionally, consider wearing gloves to avoid any cuts from metal shavings.
Step 3: Prepare the Screw
For basic screw extractors, it may be necessary to create some space in the screw head. This can be achieved by drilling or reaming holes in the damaged screw. Align a center punch with the center of the screw and lightly tap it to create an indentation that will guide the drill.
Step 4: Drill Pilot Holes
Using a drill with a smaller diameter than the screw, apply thread cutting oil to the screw heads for smoother drilling. Carefully drill down into the screw, ensuring the bit remains straight. Depending on the size of the screw extractor you’re using, drilling down about 1/8″ to 1/4″ should be sufficient.
Step 5: Extract the Screw
Finally, it’s time to put the screw extractor to work. If you’re using a drill in reverse, insert the screw extractor into the pilot hole and rotate it until it firmly grabs the screw. Slowly continue turning until the screw is completely removed.
Removing damaged screws can be a challenging task, but with the right tools, it becomes a breeze. Investing in a reliable screw extractor, such as the Gearwrench Bolt Biter Screw Extractor, can save you time and frustration. Don’t forget to check out our recommended products for more great options.
If you have any other tips or tricks on how to use a screw extractor, feel free to share them in the comments below. And for a visual guide on the spiral extractor technique, be sure to watch the informative video by Rockler here.