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A simple stuck-screw remedy

A simple stuck-screw remedy

I read a tip in WOOD® magazine about loosening frozen screws using a soldering iron and ice. When I encounter a stuck screw, I first put the screwdriver tip in the slot, apply turning pressure, and gently tap the screwdriver with a mallet as shown at left. If that doesn't work, I'll try the iron, but I've had good luck using this method.

-- Will Christen, Elgin, Iowa

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Comments (6)
bjg_afp wrote:

yeah, great way to ruin the tip of your screwdriver, or crack the handle

4/26/2011 12:36:03 PM Report Abuse
jmarkable wrote:

I agree with weolson3122102. An Impact screwdriver is an ideal tool. I used to use one on screws in motorcycles with aluminum cases. The screws seemed to set up permanently. But, an impact screwdriver would loosen them nearly every time.

4/22/2011 10:14:17 PM Report Abuse
weolson3122102 wrote:

The screwdriver is not being used as a chisel, but as an improvised impact screwdriver. It does work in some cases by helping to break the bonding between to the wood..

4/22/2011 04:42:24 PM Report Abuse
gdo2149008 wrote:

No, get a tool that is made to be struck with a hammer or mallet. I have one in my tool box just for jarring tight screws and bolts.

4/21/2011 12:43:20 PM Report Abuse
dick_kautzmann wrote:

so he should use a chisel instead?

4/21/2011 12:38:44 PM Report Abuse
gdo2149008 wrote:

Wrong use of a screwdriver. It is not a chisel type tool!

4/21/2011 12:34:24 PM Report Abuse

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