If you are close to giving up on a repair project because you can’t remove stubborn old screws from wood, you are in the right place! Whether your screws are painted over, rusted in place, or simply screwed too far, these nifty tips and tricks will give you the knowledge and ability to finally unfasten old, stuck screws from wood.
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What You Will Need
You do not want to use a power drill when attempting to remove old, stubborn screws. Not only can this quickly strip the head of the screw, it can potentially damage whatever item you are working with. Instead, rely on your good, old-fashioned screwdriver for the best results. Overall, the materials you will need to successfully remove an old screw will depend on the method you choose to use, which might depend on the circumstances of the particular screw in focus.
~ Rusted Screws
Rusted screws are particularly challenging to remove since they are essentially cemented into place. But sometimes a little lubrication can help loosen them just enough for you to pull them out of their spot. Try applying some standard WD-40 or similar spray-on lubrication product directly over the top to break up the rust, and then try again.
~ Painted Screws
For screws that are glued in place with old paint, you can solve the problem with a chisel or a razor. Simply scrape away the paint until you reveal the screw head. Be sure to start on the outer perimeter of the screw, and then work your way to the center where the screwdriver slot is located. If this still doesn’t work, you can move onto other methods.
~ Screws That Won’t Budge
For those screws that won’t seem to move no matter how much force or traction you provide, rely on your trusty hammer. Being very careful and controlled, hold your screwdriver in the slot, and while slowly turning it, tap the screwdriver with the hammer. This can widen the hole and dislodge the old screw.
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