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Removing a DIFFICULT broken screw

2 months ago
last modified: 2 months ago

I need advice on how to remove a broken screw.

I've read instructions for several techniques. They all begin with drilling a hole in the shaft of the screw. But this is a #6 screw, so the shaft is quite small; when I try to get a hole started, the drill bit just slips off the shaft. A punch doesn't make a deep enough mark to get it started.

I've thought about drilling out the wood around the screw, but I expect I'd have the same problem: if I can't get the drill bit to stay centered on the screw, I can't drill a hole where I need it.

The screw is for a hinge that attaches a cabinet door to the frame. The hole is in the edge of the frame. The wood is old and very hard. I don't think I'd be able to remove the screw with needle nose pliers even if I could drill out enough of the surrounding wood to grasp the tip of the shaft.

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