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How to extract a screw or bolt using straight fluted extractors?

Equipment you will need:

You will need these tools to extract a broken, damaged or embedded screw with the straight fluted extractors:  Drill or, Screwdriver with a hexagonal head and a straight fluted screw extractor. You will need these tools to extract a broken, damaged or embedded screw with the straight fluted extractors:

  • Power drill (set to reverse) or manual screwdriver with a hexagonal slot
  • Straight fluted screw extractor
Depending on how damaged or embedded the screw is you can use a screwdriver or a drill. A drill will give you more power when extracting. A screwdriver gives you more control or less chance of the screw becoming more damaged or the extractor breaking.

Screwdriver or drill?

If the fastener is badly damaged, you may wish to use a screwdriver to give you more control when turning the extractor.

A drill will give you more power when extracting, however, it can be easy to lose control of the tool and damage the fastener even more.

Place the extractor in your chosen tool. Set the drill to reverse if this is the tool you are using.      The screwdriver will have a magnetic shaft where you will be able to pull out the head or replace the head, while it sits securely in place.

Step 1 – Attach extractor to tool

Place the extractor in your chosen tool. The screwdriver will have a magnetic slot in which you can insert the extractor.

Place the tip of the extractor in the centre of the screw. The straight fluted screw extractor has a self-centering tip so no need to punch, or make a pilot hole.

Step 2 – Centre extractor

Place the tip of the extractor in the centre of the screw. It will have a self-centering tip so there’s no need to use a punch, or make a pilot hole.

Start turning the extractor anti-clockwise as this will dig into the head of the damaged, embedded or broken screw. Keep turning, applying an even pressure until the extractor digs into the screw and starts turning the screw with it.

Step 3 – Turn extractor

Begin rotating the extractor anti-clockwise to dig it into the head of the damaged, embedded or broken screw. Keep turning, applying an even pressure until the extractor digs into the screw and starts turning the screw with it.

Make sure you apply pressure evenly when pushing the extractor against the screw, this will keep it in the centre to avoid any further damage. Make sure you apply pressure evenly when pushing the extractor against the screw, this will keep it in the centre to avoid any further damage.
Keep turning the screwdriver or pressing the trigger until the screw has emerged and been completely removed.

Step 4 – Remove screw

Keep turning the screwdriver or pressing the trigger of the drill until the screw has emerged and can be completely removed.