How to unscrew a screw without the right size screwdriver

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How to unscrew a screw without the right size screwdriver
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If you don't have the right type of screwdriver to remove a screw, or if you don't have any screwdriver at all, there are still some other ways you can take out the screw. Screws have different groove patterns that require different types of screwdrivers. Sometimes, the screw may be very old and worn, or even chipped, which may prevent you from using a regular screwdriver to remove it. Fortunately, there are several household tools that you can use in an attempt to take out a screw.

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Things you need

  • Butter knife
  • Hacksaw with small blade
  • Dime
  • WD-40
  • Needle-nosed pliers

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  1. 1

    Spray a small amount of WD-40 onto the screw to loosen it a little. Let it soak in for 5 minutes.

  2. 2

    Fit a dime into the groove of the screw and see if you can unscrew it that way.

  3. 3

    Use the thinnest edge of a butter knife on the screw to see if it fits. Be warned that using a cheap, flimsy knife will probably not work against a tight screw.

  4. 4

    Grasp the screw with a pair of needle-nosed pliers if the screw's head is raised slightly. Twist the pliers until the screw starts to come out.

  5. 5

    Get a hacksaw and carefully place a very small blade on your saw. Holding the hacksaw vertically, slowly cut the end of the screw to make a groove, but make sure you don't cut the surface of the wood. Use a screwdriver that will fit into the groove you have just created on the screw. Carefully take out the screw.

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