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Old 05-28-2006, 10:23 AM   #1
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How do you guys deal with stripped screws? They really piss me off.
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Old 05-28-2006, 10:44 AM   #2
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1. Get good screw Drivers (i recommend hudy)
2. Get good screws (aluminum screws are soft.. so try not to use them if u are starting out)
3. Figure out how much tightening is good (that comes from experience.. but over tightening screws will strip them)
4. If a screw is stripped... u can try to re-grove ur screw... by repeated scoring the head of the screw....
5. If its an allen head... u can super glue a cheap allenhead driver onto ur screw.. wait for a bit.. and see if u can twist it off...
6. if the ways above doesn't work ... use the search function...
7. provide more information, pictures are always nice.
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If there is a hope that even the srews are stripped but you think you might be able to turn them and you used a thread lock (lock tight), heat the screw with a light for 30 seconds and try to open it fast. Because the lighter melts the thread lock inside making it easy to unscrew.

If the screw is a philips screw type get a bigger tip of the screw driver and place. it on the stripped screw and hit it hard with a hammer few times to make a new thread and it will open.

If you are using hex screws. get a philips (-) screw and place it on the hex screw and do the same procedure.

Well.. that's what i do.( Be Cautious )
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how much is a Hudy screw driver set?
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Old 05-28-2006, 03:37 PM   #5
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all hudy tools are worth there weight in gold, hudy makes a few differnt combo sets. depends on what you need. they also have 2 different styles plastic handle and metal if you can affford it then go with the metal. check out their website www.hudy.net they are the snap on of r/c tools
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How do you guys deal with stripped screws? They really piss me off.
Use a grinding wheel in a Dremel tool and cut a slot in the head. Then use a straight slot screwdriver to turn it out.
Drill the head off, seperate the parts and then use vise grips to get the shank out. Be careful if its a countersunk screw, you might not have enough grip left after drilling the head off.
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I found a small screw extractor bit set at Sears. Works awsome, once you read the instructions. Believe it or not, I picked up a used chassis and had to exract all but 2 screws. A tool that actually worked.
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how does it work? and how much was it?
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You get a small drill bit thats smaller then the screw shaft and drill down through the head. Then get the extractor and put it in the hole, give it a few taps, then then you can back the extractor out and hopefully the screw as well.
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