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Old 07-31-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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The people I had living in this home without my permission decided to enclose the area around these sliding glass doors. They screwed this large piece of (decking?) wood into the metal frame of the sliding glass doors. I have tried a 7 amp drill to remove it and I have tried using a hacksaw to saw of the screws from in between the wood and the metal frame but that did not even seem to work a tiny bit. When using the drill, they do not move at all and some of them look to be nearly stripped now from trying.

Is there any tool I can use to get these off? Any advise please? This is very frustrating as I am trying to sell the home and it is an eye soar.






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Old 07-31-2013, 02:50 PM   #2
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Chip away the wood around it and clamp on with a vice grip?

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Old 07-31-2013, 03:35 PM   #3
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You could try a drill/driver that has the impact mode. It is amazing what those suckers can do. I have the Dewalt 12 volt cordless model and it works great...as does it's sister, the regular cordless drill.
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Should have been using a drill driver.
I almost never use my drill any most.
A drill driver will drive screws, bolts, nuts, drill holes.
Those look like #3 not #2 heads so if you used the wrong bit and there rounded out I'd use one of these.
http://www.sears.com/craftsman-drill...8&blockType=G8
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Have you used the tool expressly made for doing this.... an "EZ-Out"? (Same as in Post #4)
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Try a screw driver. A regular, old fashion, Phillips head screw driver. Insert the screw driver, turn as hard as you can with one hand while tapping the end with a hammer. Sort of a poor man's impact driver.
If that doesn't work, use a drill bit the same size as the screw head and just cut the screw away.
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No doubt a drill driver was used to force the screws in rather than using the common slow old fashion way when people were proud of their work. Now your options are limited so go rent a drill driver. Be sure to take it back so the next unfortunate soul can correct something a high speed contractor screwed up.
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I agree it looks like #3 philips not a #2. Use the proper driver and they will either come out or break off.

Chipping the wood with a chisel and using vise grips is also a good option.
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I vote for the chipping the wood around the screw and vice grips, unless the screws are corroded in the metal they will either come out or snap off.
Wow amazing how someone would drill screws into a metal frame on a rental like that!
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I vote for the chipping the wood around the screw and vice grips, unless the screws are corroded in the metal they will either come out or snap off.
Wow amazing how someone would drill screws into a metal frame on a rental like that!
Then you have not seen some of the Jack Legged stuff some renters do to places.

Lets see: Teach their kid to throw knives at the walls, rip out all the wiring in the house when they move out, rip out the appliances, cabinets, punch holes in walls, steal the fixtures (lights, faucets), Carpet, doors, punch holes in doors, walls, tear the roofing material off to let the roof deteriorate to the point, that it causes the inside ceilings to collapse on the floors. Add to that the floors rot from the water allowed to sit on it, from the rotted ceiling.

Bathroom floors rotted out, due to they decide not to use the shower curtain, or do not know what one is. Furnace torn apart, ac units missing or destroyed by their dogs peeing on them, or damaged by the renters or their kids ramming them with stuff, or kicking them in.

Should I go on?
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Chip away the wood around it and clamp on with a vice grip?

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Almost. If you cant unscrew them, just split the entire bord by driving a cats paw into the grain above each screw and rip it apart. You have to strike it hard, but you will have the board out in no time. Then you can grind off the screws flush with the finish.
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Almost. If you cant unscrew them, just split the entire bord by driving a cats paw into the grain above each screw and rip it apart. You have to strike it hard, but you will have the board out in no time. Then you can grind off the screws flush with the finish.
Good way to go!! If you do not want to be pounding the paw in all the way around the frame you can score it lengthwise first with a circular saw. Fast, cheap and very professional!

OK, now don't hit the screws with the saw blade, set the saw blade so it is less than 1 1/2" wear safety glasses and hearing protection, work with the door closed, do not let tenants kids play with saw. Do not let tenant play with saw.
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Another thing you can try is take a hole saw, and cut a hole around the offending screw. Then the whole board can be removed leaving only the "slug" of the hole with the screw still in it.

Once you get started, remove the pilot bit so it won't make a larger hole in the frame.

From there, it should be an easy task to saw off the screw using a sawzall, or grab it with some vice-grips to unscrew it.

OR split the slug using a wood chisel and then you should be able to remove the screw, or grind it off using an angle grinder....
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Another thing you can try is take a hole saw, and cut a hole around the offending screw. Then the whole board can be removed leaving only the "slug" of the hole with the screw still in it.

Once you get started, remove the pilot bit so it won't make a larger hole in the frame.

From there, it should be an easy task to saw off the screw using a sawzall, or grab it with some vice-grips to unscrew it.

OR split the slug using a wood chisel and then you should be able to remove the screw, or grind it off using an angle grinder....
this gets my vote.

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