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Old 04-05-2012, 06:57 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:08 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #3
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Sawzall with a metal blade.Cut it right to the wood.
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screws have poor sheer strength....hit it laterally with a hammer and sheer it off, thats what i do.
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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.
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Pair of Vice Grips?
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they typically snap off just outside the wood. just beat the remainder into the stud
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Vise-grips, sawzall, oscillating tool, hack saw, hammer, whatever you've got. If it ends up "not flush", take it flush with a file.
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Put some muscle into it.
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Get a bigger hammer....
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Or just drill 3 holes tight around it with a 1/4" bit to loosen it's holding power for easy removal.

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Is it a Lag bolt? then breaking it probably isn't going to work, driling 3 holes is a neat trick.
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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.
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Thanks all, I wound up sawing the sucker off! All gone!! Thanks to all I really appreciate it!!!

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