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Recycling or upcycling furniture? Here are some tips for removing stripped screws, headless nails, and busted fasteners

The Hometalk community is full of creative folks turning ugly, worn out furniture into stylish, attractive pieces. Others are pulling old lumber from dumpsters and reusing it in woodworking projects and remodels -- all of which we heartily endorse! Still, these projects often present some of the most annoying moments in DIY: You're taking something apart and the head of the nail snaps off or the screw strips. It's enough to send that stuff back to the trash heap. Before you do, though, check out some our tricks for removing old hardware. You can read more here: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/reviews/hand-tools/remove-stripped-screws-headless-nails-and-busted-fasteners-14908338
Difficulty: Easy

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  • HomeSpot HQ
    HomeSpot HQ Durham, NC
    on Jan 24, 2013

    I've had to use an extractor before many times on stripped out screws and bolts. On fasteners that are really jammed in good it can be very tough to extract them.

  • David Agrell
    David Agrell Brooklyn, NY
    on Jan 24, 2013

    Often I'll take a file to the shaft of a broken screw and create two flat surfaces opposite one another. Then I'll clamp on a pair of vice grips and and try to easy out the screw. If all else fails, I figure out a way to get around it, sometimes by changing the design slightly ;-)

  • Karen - The Graphics Fairy
    Karen - The Graphics Fairy Columbia, MD
    on Jan 24, 2013

    Great tips!

  • 3popps
    on Jan 25, 2013

    Good tips. Thanks.

  • Z
    on Jan 25, 2013

    Great tips David. Thanks. I'm clipping this one.

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