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Techniques for removal of screws

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The Right Technique for the Removal of Screws

We all know how simple it can be remove a screw, right? Well, the fact of the matter is that “simple” is not always the case. If the screws have existed in their fixed places for a long period of time or are clad in rust, then removing them will be a tough job. Here are some of the techniques that might be beneficial for this purpose.

The Grip Strength

One of the primary requisites for removing a screw from your object is to get a firmer grip of the screwdriver. It is advisable for you to use the largest possible screwdriver that fits the screw and apply as much force as possible on the grip. Grip the screwdriver with your stronger hand to maximize your chances of getting in the best possible leverage. You can even consider gripping the screwdriver with a wrench so that you might be able to get more leverage.

Using a Penetrating Oil for the removal of screws

The use of penetrating oil is also highly recommended for the removal of screws. Penetrating oils will be wonderful, especially, under scenarios when the screw is fastened to the metal. The penetrating oil will make its way into the threads of the screw and loosen it enough for you to easily remove it with the aid of a screwdriver. But the question arises: which penetrating oil should you be using?

Well, when it comes to making your choice of penetrating lubricant, good products to use are WD-40 Multi-Use Product or WD-40 Specialist Penetrant (check availability in your country). All you need to do is soak the screw with one of the penetrants and let it work its magic for about fifteen minutes or so. The product will loosen the screw enough for you to remove it with ease with a screwdriver in your hand.  It’s as simple as that!

For difficult cases of rust, we suggest you to use WD-40 Specialist Penetrant thanks to its reinforced formula.

Getting Some Extra Material

Regardless of how well WD-40 Specialist Penetrant spray – or any other penetrating spray—might do its job. The fact of the matter is that you won’t be getting anywhere if you’re unable to work the magic with your screwdriver. And what’s required for you to work the magic with the screwdriver? Well, it’s imperative for you to get a strong grip.

There are a number of methods for you to achieve that. If none of the listed methods help your screwdriver in getting the perfect grip, then you should consider adding extra material on the screw head, to get a little extra grip. What this means is that if the screwdriver keeps on slipping out of the screw hole then you should consider covering it with a material which gives it a little extra grip. From a piece of steel wool to an abrasive kitchen sponge, a variety of materials can be used for this purpose. So, your choice should depend upon the considerations of availability and which material will cater to the need in the best possible manner!

Using a Hammer for the removal of screws

If the object is sturdy and can take a hit, then you might even consider using a hammer for the removal of the screw. Before you ask the obvious question, allow me to rephrase that: you can even use a hammer, with the screwdriver, for getting the screw out of your object. How? Well, all you need to do is to simply tap the screwdriver gently with the hammer. This will allow the screwdriver to get a better grip on the screw head. However, the procedure certainly calls for great caution. It is because you can easily break the screw head if you end putting too much force into the hit. Also, if you’re dealing with an object that is fragile, it is recommended for you forget about the technique altogether, owing to how the use of a hammer can damage the surrounding material of the screw.

Use the Wonder of Heat

You can make use of heat for the removal of screws too. How? Well, all you need to do is heat the screw so that its threads become loose. While using this technique, however, you have to remember to exercise great precaution. For instance, you need to ensure that you heat the screw only and not end up damaging the object altogether. If the object under consideration doesn’t do well with heat, then you should skip this technique altogether. It is not worth the risk!

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