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...
Commented 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 ;-)