We usually use screws to hold the faucet parts in the right place.
You will face a problem if the head of any faucet screws become stripped and screwdrivers don’t work anymore to remove the screws.
So, how to remove a stripped Allen screw from faucet? Don’t worry. We have a step by step guideline for you.
You will often need to remove screws from a faucet if you want to do some repair works. An easy solution is to use a flathead screwdriver.
You can use a hammer to push the screwdriver. As the flathead screwdrivers are smaller, it might break off the screws.
Again, you can also go for drilling. However, we will show the way in more detailed description in the following section.
How to Remove a Stripped Allen Screw from Faucet
Step 1: Collect the tools you will need to remove a stripped screw from the faucet
To remove a stripped screw, you will need a few handy tools.
If you are the kind of person who likes to repair their things, you will find most of these tools on your drawer.
However, the tools that you will need are screw extractors, metal drill bit, power drill machine, hammer, adjustable wrench, etc.
All these tools serve different purposes to remove a stripped screw.
Step 2: Find the right size of the screw extractor
At first, you will need to find the right size of screw extractor which will match with your screw head that you want to remove.
Usually, there are a variety sizes of screw extractors in a screw extractor set.
The extractors come in different sizes so that you can choose your desired one to work with.
You will find a set of screw extractor in your nearby hardware store. You can also use this for other purposes.
Step 3: Collect the right size of a metal drill bit and a power drill machine
After you have found the right size of screw extractor, you need to find the right size of a metal drill bit.
Then, you will need a power drill machine. You can use anyone which you feel more comfortable to handle.
Now, place the metal drill bit in the power drill machine. Hold the metal drill bit on the screw head.
Make sure that the metal drill bit is at the center of the screw head.
Step 4: Drill a pit on the screw
Turn on the power drill machine and drill a pit for about 6.5 millimeters. After you make a hole in the screw, remove the metal drill bit from the screw by reversing it.
This step is crucial as you need to make sure that you make a correct hole with the drill machine.
Otherwise, if the size of the hole and the screw extractor doesn’t match, the screw extractor won’t be fitted well in the hole.
Step 5: Place the screw extractor deep into the screw hole
Now, take the screw extractor and place it in the hole that you made earlier. Use a hammer so that the screw extractor sits well in the hole.
If the size of the screw extractor is a bit bigger, then remove the screw extractor and make the hole deeper.
The screw extractor should be placed tightly on the screw hole.
Step 6: Remove the stripped Allen screw with an adjustable wrench
It is the final step. You will need an adjustable wrench. Place the adjustable wrench right on the head of the screw extractor.
Before moving the wrench, make sure you have to hold it tightly so that it doesn’t go out of the place.
Now, you will need to move the wrench in a counter-clockwise motion.
Once you start turning the adjustable wrench, you will see the stripped screw is coming off from the faucet.
After you have read the step by step guideline, I’m sure you feel more confident in removing a stripped screw by yourself rather than calling an expert.
The tip to be successful here is to collect the right tools. The technique is easy if you have the right tools with you.
How to Remove a Stripped Set Screw?
To remove a stripped set screw, use a heat machine to heat the area where the screw is located.
If you don’t have a heat machine, you can also use a hairdryer. Then, take a can of compressed air.
Now, you will need to spray the liquid in the hole so that the screw gets cooled down.
After that, insert a screw extractor of the right size in the screw and remove the stripped set screw.
How to Remove a Rusted Screw with No Head?
To remove a rusted screw, you will need to loosen the rusted screw with heat.
To prevent from catching fire, use a rag dipped in a degreaser and wipe it in the rusted screws.
Take a gas torch and give heat to the screws and wait till the screw starts smoking. After the smokes start occurring, immediately soak the area with cold water.
You can use a garden hose or a wet rag. The reason for heating the screw first and then cooling it down is to let it expand first and then contract.
Do this at least three times depending on how much rusted the screws are. The screw will be loosened enough to remove it with your hand.
How to Take Out a Broken Screw?
At first, you will need to find a screw extractor. Now, with the help of a power drill machine, drill a hole in the screw.
Choose a metal drill bit which is smaller in size than the screw head. Take a hammer and push the screw extractor in the screw hole.
Then, turn the extractor with an adjustable wrench in a counter-clockwise motion. If you are thinking about only using a screwdriver, it won’t work.
Always use a screw extractor to remove broken screws.
These are all kinds of tips related to removing the stripped screw and broken screw. With the right tools, you will always be successful in removing screws.
A tip is to put more emphasis on collecting the right size of screw extractors and metal drill bit. Also, make a hole with proper measurement.