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D'brat 04-05-2012 05:57 PM

Removing a nail
Ok, no laughing, this sounds simple but I have a huge thick, screw I cannot remove from a stud. Not sure how to get it out. I have used a screwdriver, plyers, drill and no luck. Any suggestions?

Daniel Holzman 04-05-2012 06:08 PM

If the head is still sticking out, you might use an impact screwdriver (I bought one at Sears a long time ago). This is a screwdriver meant to be hammered on. You hit it, it twists. The blow from the hammer drives the head into the screw, and keeps it there during the blow. Works well if the head still has enough left to bite on.

sublime2 04-05-2012 06:26 PM

Sawzall with a metal blade.Cut it right to the wood.

jcrack_corn 04-05-2012 07:47 PM

screws have poor sheer strength....hit it laterally with a hammer and sheer it off, thats what i do.

sublime2 04-05-2012 07:53 PM


Originally Posted by jcrack_corn
screws have poor sheer strength....hit it laterally with a hammer and sheer it off, thats what i do.

Yes,but would it sheer at the stud or further out is the question.

bob22 04-05-2012 07:57 PM

Pair of Vice Grips?

woodworkbykirk 04-05-2012 08:50 PM

they typically snap off just outside the wood. just beat the remainder into the stud

ratherbefishing 04-05-2012 10:54 PM

Vise-grips, sawzall, oscillating tool, hack saw, hammer, whatever you've got. If it ends up "not flush", take it flush with a file.

jlmran 04-06-2012 08:22 AM

Put some muscle into it.

bjbatlanta 04-06-2012 01:18 PM

Get a bigger hammer....

Gary in WA 04-06-2012 10:20 PM

Or just drill 3 holes tight around it with a 1/4" bit to loosen it's holding power for easy removal.


mae-ling 04-07-2012 07:02 AM

Is it a Lag bolt? then breaking it probably isn't going to work, driling 3 holes is a neat trick.

Evstarr 04-07-2012 11:55 AM

To avoid compromising the stud, you could just cut it off with a hacksaw. If its in a tight spot put a few turns of duct tape around a loose hack saw blade or gol it in a vise grip.

D'brat 04-07-2012 09:10 PM

Thanks all, I wound up sawing the sucker off! All gone!! Thanks to all I really appreciate it!!!

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