I am working with white oak and brass hinges.
The hinges came with #4 brass screws.
When first installing the hinges I used steel screws.
When attempting to replace the steel screws with the brass ones
the second one broke.
My question is how do I remove the broken piece of the screw?
Thanks for any and all help.
Ask for EZ-Out at your favorite automotive (or other) store. See below
My success with them has been mixed. I've never tried one on a brass
screw, but it seems like it should work. HTH, Bill
EZ-out is made for screws with stripped heads, not for broken ones AFAIK.
Somewhere I saw a device like a mini- hole saw. You cut a plug out
with the broken screw in the center, then plug the hole and go from there.
I used the 1/4" version when I had a similar problem recently (though
my problem was the defective steel screws).
Worked quite nicely, though I'm still a bit worried about having 3 of
the screws going into end grain where I plugged the holes w/ dowels
--- wouldn't be as worried 'cept that 2 of the holes are under 1 hinge
half, leaving only 1 good screw for that part...
If you had used a plug cutter to cut new plugs, you wouldn't have to use
end grain. Just use a cutter bigger than the hole.
Glue in, and relax. That's kind of why a golf and brake line make sense.
Of go to a hobby supply and get some tubing. Pick out some tubing that
fits into each other. Then make your own.
On 2/17/2012 1:25 PM, William F. Adams ( email@example.com) wrote:
You put teeth in the tubes and just cut holes.
Make sure you file the tube a little on the inside to remove andy burs
on the inside before cutting teeth.
Then chuck them in the drill or drill press and cut.
Then band saw the plugs out. simple. you can also strengthen the tubes
where they chuck by putting a larger tube over the smaller, cutting it
to size for the chuck, and soldering it so it doesn't crush.
On 2/17/2012 9:52 PM, William F. Adams ( firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
If you have some steel brake line, or an old golf club
cut them apart to make a tube that goes over the screw.
Take a triangular file and cut teeth on the ends of the tube.
Drill around the screw, take a screw driver and pry the plug out.
Replace the plug... btw if you use a golf club you can make a larger
tube for the replacement plug if you don't have plug cutters.
Next time put candle wax on your steel screw.
Then a little more on your brass screw.
It makes the world of difference.
On 2/17/2012 12:01 PM, trvlnmny wrote:
On Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:01:37 -0800 (PST), trvlnmny
I'm guessing that it's the brass screw which broke on the way in. If
there's ny shank sticking out, try using a pair of needle nose vise
grips to unscrew it. If not, use a 1/4 or 5/16" hollow drill to remove
the screw piece and surrounding wood, then glue in a piece of 1/4" or
5/16" dowel. Allow to dry, cut flush, and redrill the pilot hole.
First, always use the proper pilot drill bit to prepare the hole.
Second, use wax or screw lube any time a brass screw is used. That
includes waxing the steel screw prior to inserting the waxed brass
The ultimate result of shielding men from folly
is to fill the world with fools.
-- Herbert Spencer
We are talking wood and a tiny little #4. I think you need to drill
tiny holes all around it and dig it out, then drill out a clean 1/4"
or 3/8"hole and pound in a dowel and shavv it clean with a sharp
chisel. Tip: to drill a hole in an exact location with an existing
raggedy hole nearby, lay a small piece of wood over the site, clamped
in-place and drill through that.
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