Can I Repair "Shredded" Screws?

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  1. Dran0n

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    Is there a chance in hell that I can fix shredded screws? If so how?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    If the screw is cross shaped, try using a flat head screw driver. If that doesn't work, try putting a tiny drop of superglue onto the head of the screw. Wait for it to dry, then try unscrewing the screw cause the superglue would give the screw more twist and shape.
     
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    Thanks!

    Would Crazy Glue work?
     
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    Yea, they're the same. Remember to let it dry first!
     
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    Okay!
     
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    they also sell a special drill bit that helps to remove stripped screws, if I can find a link I'll supply it
     
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    I tried the glue .... oops.

    Does that drill thingy work on small little TF screws?
     
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    It didn't work? Why don't you take a picture of the screw and post it.
     
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    Or go to a hardware store. They'll actually have special screwdrivers for situations like these.
     
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    If you've already removed the screw, try "converting" it to a flathead screw with a Dremel tool. I've done this a few times and it works alright.
     
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    There are some brass screws that hardware stores sell
    that don't rust like cheap steel-based screws (the TF default)
    you should try to hunt down some and replace all your TF screws.
    The screws normally come in a few standard sizes for TF.

    It's not worth the effort the fix the screws, IMO.
     
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    I'm not sure I would do this. Brass screws are a lot softer than steel, and sizes that small are going to be even easier to damage. I do use them on model railroad equipment, mainly because that's what the local hardware store carries in miniature sizes. Replacing all the screws on a TF collection would be an awful lot of work, anyway. :D 

    OP - If you can't grip the screw with pliers, and you can't slot the head with a saw blade or Dremel tool, and if a different screwdriver doesn't grip just enough of the head to work, you can try drilling out the head. If you use a left-hand drill bit, this might even loosen it. Just drill the head away, leaving a stub that you can remove with pliers after disassembling.

    McMaster-Carr sells LH bits:

    McMaster-Carr
     
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    as above really, drilling the head off is the last resort. remember you need to leave a nub of metal to grip with pliers and if the screw is countersunk you'll probably need some needle nose pliers.

    i've had a lot of luck with some star-shaped torx screwdrivers, and hammering them in the head of messed up screws but you need to brace the joint properly to make sure you don't damage the screw housing.

    you can get bits specially for removing screws, but i've ruined parts (eg. knackered the thread on the engine casing the bolt screws into) on my motorbike with them before so make sure you don't do that. stripped screws are a f*cking pain in the arse :(  doubly so when they're screwed into something as soft as plastic.
     

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