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Old 11-14-2011, 04:06 PM   #1
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Trying to remove vinyl shutters from stucco house to paint.


I'm trying to remove vinyl shutters from the sides of the house to paint. The screws that hold them into the stucco siding either turn freely or are froze and (now) stripped.

What is the easiest way to get these screws out short of just ripping them off the wall?

To reinstall, will I have to stucco each hole and then reinstall with fresh masonry screws?

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Cut the heads off the screws----sometimes simply using a 1/4" drill bit and drilling into the slot until the head pops off,is all that it takes.

If that fails--a Dremel tool with a cut off wheel is the answer---

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You will need either larger screws and/or new anchors when you re-install the shutters or you will have the same problem.

If you cannot get to the screw heads you may have to get behind the shutter with a sawsall and cut the screw off on the back side.
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On the ones that are spinning if you grab the head with a “thin” flat bar and apply pressure towards you while unscrewing the screw should back out.

On the stripped ones there should be enough give in the vinyl to get a small hoof clipper behind the head and cut it off, remove the shutter then remove the rest of the screw with vise grips.
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A side note: Make sure you mark on the back of each shutter, the exact location. Rarely are the holes drilled in the exact same spots for all the shutters. Nothing worse than shutter holes that don't align with the holes in the stucco. Then you have to use the process of guess and elimination to rehang the shutters.
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On the ones that are spinning if you grab the head with a “thin” flat bar and apply pressure towards you while unscrewing the screw should back out.

On the stripped ones there should be enough give in the vinyl to get a small hoof clipper behind the head and cut it off, remove the shutter then remove the rest of the screw with vise grips.
Good advice here.

What's a 'hoof clipper'? Sounds easier than a Dremel. Would a tile nipper work?

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A side note: Make sure you mark on the back of each shutter, the exact location. Rarely are the holes drilled in the exact same spots for all the shutters. Nothing worse than shutter holes that don't align with the holes in the stucco. Then you have to use the process of guess and elimination to rehang the shutters.
Yep. I did plan on doing this. Then I found out the screws were hard to take out so I gave up for the day.

Wife says "just paint them while on the house".

Funny.
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What's a 'hoof clipper'? Sounds easier than a Dremel. Would a tile nipper work?
Any hardware store should have them.
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Thanks for the tip, Kwikfishron.......never thought about tile nippers for this purpose!
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Thanks for the tip, Kwikfishron.......never thought about tile nippers for this purpose!
I'm not sure if what Kwikfishron posted **is** a tile nipper, but i'm sure going to try my tile nipper out on a bolt cut and see what happens since it won't cost me anything!
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The “Hoof Clippers” have handles about a foot long which gives you a lot of torque and will cut nails and screws but not bolts. When remodeling I couldn’t live without them. They cost about $30.
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Back on this again.

Would it be better practice to cut off these screws flush with the wall and then use the remaining old screw in the wall as an anchor I would predrill?

Again, it's stucco on OSB.

The ones I have been working on thus far are stuck tight in the stucco.
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Not going to happen, the drill will keep slipping to the side of the screw.
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on the ones that are spinning if you grab the head with a “thin” flat bar and apply pressure towards you while unscrewing the screw should back out.

On the stripped ones there should be enough give in the vinyl to get a small hoof clipper behind the head and cut it off, remove the shutter then remove the rest of the screw with vise grips.
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These shutters were installed with non-stainless metal screws back in 1996. A lot of them are rusted into the stucco. (I live on a salt water marsh)

I worked on one shutter today and was only able to get 3 of 6 screws out in one piece. The 3 that were rusted in had to be chiseled out of the stucco because the post broke inside the stucco while I was twisting it with a vise grip. Yes, they were that stuck in the stucco. Then I re-stuccoed all the holes and will wait a week for it to cure before re-drilling the holes and using shutter-loks to re-install.

For now I just repainted the rest of the shutters the original white in place.

The wife has agreed to let them go for now as white and we will revisit the black transformation at some other time after more of the remodel is done inside the house.


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