How to Get Broken Screws Out of Their Holes

If you spend any amount of time in home improvement -- or in any other type of project that requires frequent use of a screwdriver -- you're likely familiar with the frustration of encountering a broken screw.

Sometimes screws just refuse to cooperate.Sometimes screws just refuse to cooperate.
Perhaps the head has stripped past the point where a screwdriver is useful or perhaps it has broken off. Either way, there is one sure-fire way of removing that screw from its hole: using a screw extractor bit.

Purchase or otherwise obtain a screw extractor that is slightly smaller than the diameter of the broken screw.

Install the screw extractor bit in your power drill and set the drill to spin counterclockwise.

Place the screw extractor against the broken screw and apply pressure.

Pull the trigger on the power drill. The screw extractor bit will bite into the metal of the screw and slowly back it out of the hole.

Things You Will Need

  • Power drill
  • Screw extractor bit

About the Author

Joshua Benjamin began as a professional freelance writer in 2009. He has successfully published numerous articles spanning a broad range of topics. Benjamin's areas of expertise include auto repair, computer hardware and software, firearms operation and maintenance, and home repair and maintenance. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration from California State University, Fresno.