The slotted head of a counter-sunk screw fixing a coat hook has broken in
two, along the line of the slot, just as it was driven all the way in. How
on earth am I going to get this thing out? Thanks.
I think the answer is probably "you're not", at least not without
My approach would be (if it really *needs* to come out) to try and
remove most/all of the head using a drill or dremel or similar, then
remove the coat hanger and finally remove the stub of the screw using
a mole wrench or similar.
One method is to use a "Dremel-type" tool with a grinding bit to remove
the remaining part of the head. The coat hook can then be taken off and
the screw removed using a mole-grip on the remains of the screw shaft.
Another is to take a steel bar of the same diameter as the screw head
(or just use another screw) and grind a part off the end so that it will
fit into the countersink, overlapping the remaining part of the screw.
Put the bar in a brace, so that a lot of pressure can be applied, and
turn the screw out enough so that it can be mole gripped.
Another is to use a "Dremel-type" tool, with a very small diameter drill
bit, to drill a very small hole partly in the head and partly in the
hook. Then hammer a wire nail into the hole. The hook will now be locked
to the screw, so turning it will wind-out the screw...
Another is to use a screw extractor - it helps if you can centre-pop the
screw head to give the extractor somewhere to locate in..
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