How to Remove the Broken Tip Out of a Dart Board

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How to Remove the Broken Tip Out of a Dart Board
Remove broken tips out of a dartboard as soon as possible. (Bullseye image by Towards Ithaca from

Darts is a fun game that can be played alone or in a group. There are hundreds of dart games that can be played for fun, though some people do it professionally for a profit. No matter how expensive or sturdy your dartboard is, if you have soft-tip darts, occasionally those tips are going to break off into the board. If you don't clear those tips out, they can prevent darts from sticking properly in the board. It is best to remove the broken tip out of the dartboard as soon as possible.

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Things you need

  • Dartboard repair tool
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Paper clip

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  1. 1

    Pull the tip out with a dartboard repair tool, if available. The tip of the tool makes it easy to grip the broken tip and pull it out because it has an edge specifically made for this one task.

  2. 2

    Grip the broken tip with a pair of needle-nose pliers if you don't have a special dartboard repair tool. If the broken tip is at least 1/8th of an inch long, this should be easy to remove with the pliers.

  3. 3

    Push the broken tip through the surface of the dartboard if it is less than 1/8th of an inch thick. There is a small gap between the board and the scoring wedges that allows for tiny tips like these to fall through without a problem.

  4. 4

    Unfold one end of a paper clip and use the tip to gently remove the broken dart tip from the dartboard. This is the way to go if you don't have a special dartboard repair tool and also don't have a pair of needle-nose pliers handy.

Tips and warnings

  • If you use any other small, pointed object in a pinch because you don't have any tools or a paper clip handy, be careful. If the object is too sharp or you use it with too much force, you can cause damage to that area of the dartboard.

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