I bought a bicycle rack from home depot and installed it in my garage, now
my wife says it looks like shit, so now I have to move it somewhere else.
But that rack comes with One-way screws, (like this one:
http://www.hudsonfasteners.com/sec/sec_ow_rhms.htm ) I can't get it
is there a tool I can buy to remove the screw? this screws are stupid..
actually my wife is stupid too.
I usually use a Dremel grinding wheel, and flatten out the rounded portions
and then use a normal screwdriver to remove.
Obviously the screws are no longer one way screws after that, so if you'd
need them to be, you'd need to replace them with new ones.
Special tool that others suggested.
Probably overkill -- but you can use a dab of JB Weld to adhere a hex
nut to the top of the screws and then unscrew with a socket once dry.
Just be sure not to get JB Weld on anything but the screws and hex nuts
of you'll be back with another posting.
Depending on the bike rack design you might be able to quickly grind
off the tops and then remove the piece the screws were holding on.
There will then be a nub sticking up the thickness of the piece the
screws were attaching. You can turn this nub with needle nose pliers
or may even be able to grab the nub directly with the drill chuck and
Hope this helps,
There are several good suggestions to choose from. If the others don't work
there is always the ez-out. They make a set of dies that have reverse
threads on them. You drill a small hole down the center of the shaft of the
stuck screw. Then you screw in the reverse threat die until it tightens up.
Remember, being reversed thread you screw it in counter-clockwise. When it
will screw in no more, it will remove the screw. It works for rounded bolt
heads or whatever. I've used mine maybe four times in the 15 years I've had
the set. Usually I can grip the screw head with channelocks or wirecutters
or something. If I had to find the easeouts..........that would be as big a
chore as working the screw out.
Randy R. Cox
In alt.home.repair on Fri, 17 Jun 2005 22:23:27 -0500 "Randy Cox"
A variation on this is to use a left-handed drill bit when drilling
the hole, and run the drill backwards. I don't know how big these
screws are or what they are in or how well stuck they are, and like
you I'm not saying this is the first option to try. I started doing
this when I needed to dissassemble B&D appliances that used screws
with weird heads**. Often they started to come out when the hole was
just more than barely started. (later I got a set of bits for wierd
**to keep people from repairing their own applicances. Once I took
apart an air pump cigarette lighter plug, and inside was a blown fuse.
Easy to replace, for 35 cents. What would the service department have
Left-handed drill bit start cheap enough but get expensive real soon
as the size gets bigger. Can find them at almost no stores**,
probably only Vermont American on the web.
***Although it was fun to ask clerks and see if they believed me.
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When I run into these, or even just an old screw around the house,
Depending on the situation I usually drill them out. Once you drill
that hole in the screw, the screw should loose a lot of its sticking
power anyway. Just insert the thingy and tap a few times, then back it out.
Right too for the right job. Dont try to just rig something up, way
easier to buy the thing and remove it. Can't remember what its called
In situations like bathroom doors where both ends of the screw are
exposed I usually dont need the tool, and can just drill the whole screw
out. If you get the right size bit, the screw will eventually come out
when you reverse the drill. (if its exposed on both sidez)
curious why "cut" wouldn't do.
"I prefer to use my dremel to cut a slot in the top and use a regular
I suppose it saves a word or two,
(except in your case, where the parenthetical remark made it just as
I hate it when people verb nouns. ^_^
but back to the matter at hand, that seems like the quickest solution
assuming you have a rotary tool. If not, a file might do.
(personally, I would have replaced the screws when installing... but
that doesn't help you now.)
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
Having dealt with a few as a wrought iron man, they can be a booger.
Cut a slot with a dremel.
Sears now sells some kind of thingus that sounds like it might work.
Grind the head off with a grinder, then take the shaft out with ViseGrips.
Tell your wife she's an adult and to cope.
The cut off wheel in a demel is round, deeper cut with less
"hanggin' over;)" to mar the surface?
A hacksaw's blade is straight and usually too thin both.
A dremel's cut-off wheel might be too thin too but the slot can be
widened to adjust that width. Or use a thicker cut-off wheel to
start with? I have three store bought thicknesses and two homemade
Did with dremel right after I got my first one ('77?). :)
Flip, you been listening to that dangged ol' Rammstein again? ;)
Alvin in AZ (Du Hast rocks!;)
Depending on what is around the screw and what would be left after the had
is gone, you could center punch really good, drill a small hole easy to keep
centered and than drill with a bit slightly larger than the shank until the
had fall off. The bike rack is now free, You now got to get the screw out
by grabbing the shank with players wise grips or whatever is handy.
Why did you use the one way screws in the first place?
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