How to Remove Butterfly Screws

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A butterfly screw is a screw that has two small metal "wings" on the top of the screw in lieu of a Phillips or flathead screw head. The wings allow you to screw and unscrew without a screwdriver. In some cases if lined up properly the "wings" can be used to support hanging things off of them, such as a painting. Sometimes you have to remove these screws if they need replacement or become stuck.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Grasp the tip of the butterfly screw with your fingers. Turn the screw counterclockwise to loosen the screw.

  2. 2

    Continue turning until the screw comes out of the hole or bracket. If the screw is not moving or is stuck, proceed to step 3.

  3. 3

    Grasp the tip of the butterfly screw on one of the wings on the screw head with a pair of pliers.

  4. 4

    Clamp down the pliers. Turn the pliers and screw counterclockwise until the screw is removed.

Tips and warnings

  • Try turning clockwise a bit, then reversing to counterclockwise to free a stuck screw.
  • Do not try to pry out a butterfly screw with a hammer or pry tool. This can damage the threading of the screw and the screw hole.

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