Without going into a lot of detail, I have to remove about 200 stainless
steel trim head screws from a deck made of Cambara. When I have used my
power drill in the past, the heads have broken off because the stainless
steel is soft. If I grip my T-10 bit in a vice grip, I can slowly ease
the #8 x 2 1/2" screws out but I am hoping to find a faster solution.
The base of the T-10 bit will not fit in any of my english or metric
sockets (just a hair lose in 1/4" and too tight in 7/32"). I wish when
my dad died 30 years ago that I had taken the brace from his tool
collection but I not. The ideal tool would be a 3 jaw reversible ratchet
brace but they are expensive. I can't find a neighbor that has a brace.
Does anyone have a better idea than my vice grip?
Wow, I just looked at the price of a ratchet brace and was surprised.
Mine is about 50 years old and rarely used.
I do have a thought. How about a T handle used to hod a tap? If you
give the screw a turn or so, will that loosed it enough to come out with
the power drill and not break?
Along the same lines (more or less), how about an adjustable torque
impact driver? I have a little Bosch 12v that really does a nice job
removing and setting screws. You can adjust the force applied (on or
off) and I find that little bit of vibration - just enough to rock its
world but not enough to torque it off - usually does the trick.
My first thought would be a stripped screw extractor.
They work pretty well and you can get fairly fast at it.
Are you removing/replacing the decking boards?
If so, why not cut the screws off underneath the decking?
A sawzall with a bi-metal blade would make quick work of it.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
This is a good idea. I am replacing the deck boards but am unable to cut
off anything below. If I can get t-10 with a standards base, I would be
able to use my stanard socket wrench which will get the job done quickly.
A couple of options come to mind:
Lowes has in stock for pickup today (in the several stores nearest
Southborough, MA) a 1/4" drive T-10 torx socket item 338200 model
85998 for $1.98. It's Kobalt brand, have no idea how well it will
hold up, but you should be able to use it with your socket set more
conveniently than a hex bit.
Lee Valley has for $11.50 an adapter that holds 1/4" hex bits in a _4_
point brace, which if you don't have one are available for cheap on
Amazon ($12-30 range for Chinese).
As easy and cheap as it is to have the right tool there REALLY is no
excuse to bodge things. And the right tool will be usefull for MANY
other jobs as well.
Generally speaking, Snyders like havingthe right tools on hand.
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