Loosen a stuck screw by first spraying lubricant on it to break up the rust or gently tapping the screw with a hammer. Discover other ways to remove an unmovable screw by using a file and vice grips with insight from a home repair specialist and remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvement.
Hi I'm Tim Gipson and I want to talk to you about how to loosen an unstuck screw. Now what I've done is I've just put some screws here in this wood block just so we can demonstrate some things but you have different reasons that screws have stuck. Now you may have where the heads have gotten stripped out, or you may run into a situation where you've got a bolt or a screw that it in metal parts and those tend to rust. Now first if it is just rust that you are dealing with a screw that is stuck then you want to use something like WD40. WD40 will actually penetrate down into a screw and many times will loosen up that rust and allow you to get that stuck screw out and simply you just want to spray down at the base and I'll just demonstrate for you now. Now if the screw still does not come out after you spray then what you want to do is you want to take your screwdriver and in this case it is a Phillip's Head and just give a couple gentle taps with a hammer and a lot of times what that will do is that will loosen that rust up. Now also important to consider when you deal with a screw that has a Phillip's Head such as this which is that cross pattern you want to make sure you use the right size. This is a #1 Phillip's Head and this is a #2 so this is for really small screw heads so try to get loosen up a stuck screw. Make sure you are using the right size head and that will help you out. Now if tapping doesn't work and you've still got a stuck screw you can also take a file such as this and you can file each side of the screw so that you have a flat surface on both sides of the screw and then you can take a pair of vice grips and they'll very easily clamp or if you don't have vice grips and you've got those flat sides you can take just a regular set of pliers and with those flat surfaces it will act just like a bolt where you can now rotate this out. The next thing you can do is you can take either a file or a hack saw and you can actually cut a slot in the top of the screw and then just use a regular tipped screw driver to now get that out. Then also in the store you can actually buy sets or you can buy screw removers where in that case you would want to use a little oil to put in the top. You would drill down into the top of the screw and then you would use an extractor like this to remove that. I'm Tim Gipson and that's some tips on how to remove a stuck screw.