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Must Have Gadget to Remove Stripped Screws | Pretty Handy Girl

You know the frustration of trying to drive a screw that won’t go any further. Then you find you can’t remove it because the head is completely stripped. Or worse, you come across a screw that is stripped and you can’t remove it. If the rubber band trick won’t work, this is the Must Have Gadget to Remove Stripped Screws that will help you remove a stripped screw in two simple steps.

Removing a Stripped Screw with Speed Out | Pretty Handy Girl

This gadget is called Speed Out. It was sent to me for a product review three years ago. Believe it or not, I haven’t needed to use it until a few weeks ago. I was trying to replace a door knob in our dining room and I was met with a stubborn stripped screw. This screw wasn’t going to submit to my rubber band trick.

Instead I resorted to the Speed Out.

Removing a Stripped Screw with Speed Out | Pretty Handy Girl

The Speed Out is a kit with four double-sided drill bits. Select the bit that best fits into your screw head.

Removing a Stripped Screw with Speed Out | Pretty Handy Girl

Use the drill bit (the end that has two cut outs in it) first to grind out the damaged screw.

Removing a Stripped Screw with Speed Out | Pretty Handy Girl

Set the drill bit into the center of the screw and drill into the head. The goal is to have a smooth conical shape in the screw head.

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Next flip the bit over and use the screw extractor bit (the conical threaded end) to slowly remove the screw. It’s important to keep firm pressure and the drill should be set to spin counter clock-wise.

Removing a Stripped Screw with Speed Out | Pretty Handy Girl
For my stripped screw, it began to extract and then stopped. I had to flip the bit and drill the center smooth a few more times to be able to fully extract the screw. But, ultimately it worked.

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This small gadget has earned its place in my toolbox for those emergencies when I need to remove a stripped screw.

You can order your own in one of two ways: 1. Directly from the Screw Out direct website or 2. Order the Screw Out kit on Amazon for cheaper (affiliate link.) Be forewarned there are mixed reviews on Amazon, and apparently you can’t get the lifetime warranty if you order any where other than the Screw Out website. I’ll leave it up to you to decided which you prefer.

Removing a Stripped Screw with Speed Out | Pretty Handy Girl

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Disclosure: This is a product review. I was not paid to mention the Screw Out gadget. I was sent one to use at no cost to me. (I’ve included affiliate links for your convenience. I earn a small percentage from a purchase using these links. There is no additional cost to you. You can read more about affiliate links here.)

4 replies
  1. Jason McCoy
    Jason McCoy says:

    That is great tool, it could help me with my restoration business, Last time when I was trying to change lock on doors i had no luck with old screws, so I had to use angle grinder destroy whole knob just to change lock.

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