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Removing a Broken Screw
By John A. Tuttle

Hi All,  Drilling a hole in the top of a slotted screw is actually
quite easy if you know the trick.  The trick is to use an appropriately
sized center punch before attempting to drill the hole.  That way the
drill bit won't wander all over the top of the screw.

Another hidden benefit of using the punch first is that the shock of
smacking the screw with a hammer will often 'break' or 'release' the
corrosion that's 'holding' the screw in place.... which is more often
than not the reason the head got stripped (or buggered) in the first

"Easy-Outs" work!  And they work extremely well if they're the correct
size for the job and they are used correctly.

When you're on the job, you don't have time to wait for glues and
epoxies to dry.  Time is money, and you don't make friends with your
customer by spending 30 minutes removing a broken screw.  The job
should take about three minutes, start to finish.  K.I.S.S. --
"Keep it simple, Stupid!"  This isn't rocket science.


John A. Tuttle

(Message sent Thu 15 Nov 2001, 13:32:16 GMT, from time zone GMT-0500.)

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