If it's a hardware problem then, from a uk.legal perspective, you
clearly need Counsel's opinion. A grand or so spent now could save you
a fortune in future.
If, however, you're in prison and are having problems with an officer,
you'll need a very good brief.
Please sign my data protection petition to the PM:
Depends a lot on what sort of material the screw is stuck in (wood? metal?
plastic?) and how expendable that is. Apart from the option of buying
special tools -
a) use a hammer and chisel to cut a new slot in the screw, then use a
screwdriver to remove it
b) use a drill to destroy the head of the screw, then pliers to twist out
Complain to the prison governor?
Use a screw extractor or drill it out or if a round head cut another slot
If the screw is in wood, then turn it in a quarter to half turn before
trying to unscrew it.
Always use crosshead screws and an electric driver to insert screws to
minimise head damage or the driver skidding out and damaging the workpiece.
Cross head (e.g. pozidrive) screws will normally self start in wood when
using an electric driver saving oodles of time.
My experience has unfortunately been that the crosshead screws are always
the ones that get damaged. Not by me, because I'm careful, but other people
seem to screw them in using powerful electric screwdrivers that overrun and
damage the head, and then they try to remove them using electric
screwdrivers fitted with worn or wrongly-sized pozidrive bits, and if the
bit starts to spin, they don't stop trying until the head has become totally
The other people I am talking about are not carpenters or tradesmen, who
would presumably take more care.
A screwdriver bit in the old fashioned brace and bit tool can be useful
for shifting stubborn screws. The upward "swing" gives you high impact
rather than sustained pressure. Generally more useful on bigger screws
On Tue, 5 Jun 2007 10:46:15 +0100, "R. Mark Clayton"
I used to find that an impact driver was useful when I had a
motorbike, with alloy screws screwed into alloy parts.
You whack it with a hammer and it unscrews (or screws), making a slot
if the original one is mashed.
If that fails, heating it with a blowtorch can help - or make things
A "Dremel" type tool can reshape the slot, producing steep inclined
planes that will prevent the screwdriver bit from "cam"ing out..
Diamond dust coated bits can help.
Using a screwdriver bit in a brace (and bit) and pushing really *hard*
can work. Better still if you can arrange to get leverage on the brace
to force it onto the screwhead, eg using a steel bar.
Degreasing and cleaning the screwhead and then bonding a bar onto it,
using epoxy adhesive or a welder, can work, sometimes..
Drilling out the head, seperating the things screwed together and the
using a Mole wrench on the stud can work..
who has spent far too much of her life dealing with problematic screws -
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