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Hoping someone knows how I can remove a stripped screw...I was giving my Lucey a cleaning...decided to take off the left fly wheel cover...all the screw came off except one..no way no how would it budge...of course it's stripped after several attempts ...going to blame that one on the hubby...

Tried wd40...

Still there..

Did any of you hear me cursing ...?..

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You may have to use a tap to get it out. I usually use a smaller drill bit than the screw, drill a hole in the center of the screw; than reverse the drill slowly while angling the bit just a little. A lot of times they will back out without using a tap.

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I assume you have the head stripped. I've had good luck taking a standard screwdriver holding it at 90 degrees to the side of the screw and hitting it with a hammer to put a nick in the side of the screw. Then put the tip of the screwdriver in the nick and hit it in a counter clockwise direction with the hammer. Once it starts to turn you will be able to get it out with the Phillips screwdriver. This is a common problem as these screws are fairly soft.

Nigel

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Depending how bad the screw is actually stripped, go to Home Depot/Lowe's and buy a brand new apex philips head bit that fits the screw you did not bugger up.  When you get home put that into a screw drive.  Place the new bit in the screw slots then tap it firmly with a hammer, while at the same time turning it counter clockwise.  With luck, you will get the screw loose.  

 

I would suggest that you put a few layers of painters tape around the screw head on the machine head paint.  This way whatever means you end up using to get the screw out, you do not mare the painted surfaces.  Remember when you put in the screws, they do not be in that tight.

 

Best of luck to you.

 

Cagey

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Thank you to all you helped...we did have to use some kind of rotary drill that cut a line through the screw..it came out quite easily after that..my neves were shot as sparks were flying everywhere around my sweet Lucey, who was traumatized by the entire event...after all it was supposed to be a "spa" treatment for her

...she is feeling better today....Lucey has been cleaned, oiled, motor brushed checked, etc, etc..

Funny aside...the night before I posted this...my husband suggested a couple of different methods...for one method he asked "Would you be upset if the machine gets scratched a bit?" Needless to say what kind of a question was that? That method was a NO...lol

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I'm glad you were able to solve your problem.

Today I just stripped a screw on my new Millie. I knew to be careful after reading your post, and I thought I was, but still stripped one screw. I tried using a rubber band over the Phillips head, because I read that some where. It didn't work.

I told my husband, and he went downstairs to his shop and brought up what he called easy outs. His are made by Craftsman and they're called screw-out, damaged screw remover set. I put it into the end of a screwdriver that takes bits, and the screw came out sooooo easy!!! He said in the Air Force they remove panels from airplanes all the time and they have MANY screws and they get stripped, so they use easy outs.

Just thought I'd pass on this info on for future reference.

Deb.

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