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Old 07-26-2019, 08:36 AM   #61
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About the heat. Not good. There may be insulation inside that will easily catch fire, let alone very dry wood lumber. Using flame inside the house has to be done very carefully with anything that's flammable in 3 dimensions at least for 12". Also easy enough to set off smoke alarms so find out first how to turn them off.
No!!! That is going to start another multi-day, multi-post thread on how to turn them off, what is the best way to do it, which is the best smoke detector, should I hard wire them or should it be wireless?

I can see it now.....
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Old 07-26-2019, 09:36 AM   #62
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Cutting off the screw head and even buying a new vent if damaged while doing so would have been cheaper that firing up the tools cannon.


For those that suggested vice grips more than once: There are some combo screws that do not have enough of a shoulder for the grips to bite. I routinely threw those in garbage and used a quality screw.
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I suggest we all submit bids on removing this problematic screw.
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Sometimes you can put the vise grips on the handle of the screw driver, and get a lot more leverage to turn it. If that doesn't work, you might try a propane torch on the screw head, if you think it is rusted in place, let it cool and try some more. Or try vise grips on the head, but if it keeps slipping off, you could try filing two parallel flat spots on the head that you can clamp onto.
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Old 07-26-2019, 06:23 PM   #65
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Call someone in jail and tell them you hid the drugs behind that vent. Soon the police will come and remove it for you.
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My wife could take that screw out with a butter knife!
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This will get it out.

https://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Pneum...-2-spons&psc=1
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It just takes more work. I take a flat file and create a two flat spots along the sides of the head, that the vice grip can grab. I've done it on pan head screws that have totally rounded heads and very thin. But now that I think about it the person that posted the problem said that they couldn't drill into the head, so it might be a stainless steel screw, which will be very tough to file, but still can be done, with more effort and patience.
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True, you would have to be very careful with the torch, and make sure there is nothing flammable near, or hidden on the blind side. If not a torch, a soldering iron could be more controlled, and not get nearly as hot as propane. Possibly also, you could heat it, then place a cold iron bar on the head, to try to shrink the screw while the hole stays larger, then try the screw driver with a vice grip on it, to try to break it loose. One more idea, which I've never tried; An old mechanics trick to break rusted in place exhaust manifold bolts/studs/nuts; Heat the bolt head, then put a stick of paraffin against it and let it melt into the threads, after it cools it breaks free...or so they say.
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Tom123, if you read the posts in the thread, all those methods have been mentioned. Some in jest, and some to get the job done. Adding fuel to the fire will only prolong this torture.
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About the heat. Not good. There may be insulation inside that will easily catch fire, let alone very dry wood lumber. Using flame inside the house has to be done very carefully with anything that's flammable in 3 dimensions at least for 12". Also easy enough to set off smoke alarms so find out first how to turn them off.
I specifically wrote "Of course, do not apply any flame directly!"

I have used a heated "Plumbing" soldering iron many times to loosen screws in timber in the manner which I described, without any dire consequences.

(Mostly, these have been wood screws with slotted heads where the screw driver initially could not obtain enough "purchase" and the heads were starting to become damaged.)

The iron in question does not get "red hot", so there is little danger of igniting fire in timber.

After a number of seconds, yes, there may be a "scorching" smell - but this only indicates that the process is working.
When such a smell is detected, it is time to stop the process, put the iron away safely and check if the screw can now be extracted - as is usually the case.
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Here is my nickels worth.

1) While this thread has provided a lot of interesting suggestions, good, bad, questionable and amusing, I believe we have covered all the possible ways to remove a screw from a register.

2) The OP's last post was #45 on 7/22. The last post before mine was at 3:04 am and was #71, mine will be #72 on 7/27, almost a week after this started on 7/21. And 5 days after the OP last posted.

3) All of the OP's posts have been on this thread (14)

4) He kept asking the same question in different ways, when we called him on being a troll, (@Yodaman I think it was), he made one last post and stopped.

I think we need to let this post die a peaceful death.
@joed or @Cricket what would be the best way to send this possibly troll started thread to wasteland of threads no longer needing postings?

Thanks for all the entries, but, it is time to move onto other threads where others actually need help.

And for those jumping in at the last second, it is advisable to read the whole thread before making comments, as others may have suggested the same or similar idea already.
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Sorry.... I just want to see if we can get this thread to 100 posts for a new record on "how a screw works". Lefty loosey, righty titey....
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Something about the website "encourages" comments jumping in the end, rather than showing the entire thread. You have to backtrack page by page to see the entire thread. so Ya, it just takes some effort. Those new to the website, like me...just discovered that. You don't have to get huffy about it.
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No, I am no troll.
Yes, I read each and every post. I appreciate each and every one of your posting of valuable and enlighting comments and suggestions, except applying heat, nor nasty posts calling anyone troll.
I thank you.
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