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Old 08-01-2009, 04:13 PM
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I'm trying to refurbish a secondhand 4ft viv I bought recently and one of the old crosshead woodscrews in it has a burred head and I can't use my usual screwdriver to get the flippin' thing out - any ideas???
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:24 PM
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Is the screwhead flat against or the wood or protruding? If it's protruding from the wood, You could try sawing a slit in the head with a small saw so you can use a flathead screwdriver to get it out.
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:32 PM
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Is it straight or cross head?

If there is a little bit of the groove left then an impact screwdriver sometimes works



A sharp tap with a hammer pushes the screwdriver into the head and turns it at the same time.
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or drill it out, chose a bit that is slightly smaller in diameter than the shaft of the screw
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:50 PM
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can you get a pair of mole grips round the head if its protruding????

if its countersunk you might be struggle you can buy screw removal tools and there generally quite cheap

JML Screw Extractor from JML Direct

try that don't know if thats a good one (JML hmm) but gives you an idea of the type of tool you need.

a impact driver as posted above might be a little harsh on a wood viv.
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:52 PM
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oh and as crownan said if you drill the head of the screw you shoud be able to seperate the two pieces then remove the rest of the screw using some grips.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:22 PM
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Ok - it's crosshead and countersunk

I've heard about those things you can buy specifically to remove screws like this but it happens so rarely that I think first I'll see about drilling the head of the screw out (thanks crownan) then hopefully at least I'll be able to remove the piece of ply it's holding in place...

many thanks for all the replies and advice, it's calmed me down reading them, I was getting quite c-r-o-s-s!!!!
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:35 PM
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just be gentle when pulling them apart and all should be good.

the screw grabs ect...i know they are quite dear and don't get used often. bought one years ago and cost quite a bit more. was worth its weight in gold when i did need though....
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Also remember that any damage you do can always be patched up, and a new hole drilled somewhere else.
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Old 08-01-2009, 05:39 PM
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thanks Big D..... am just sitting looking at it now... lost enthusiasm coz I got peeved!!!!! I'll have a go with the drill though and like you say will take care coz don't want to split the wood

will maybe go look on ebay for those screw extractor thingys later too!

thanks cervantes - that's true the new background I'm putting in will cover it if I do mess it up a bit!!!
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