How to remove soft screws without stripping the heads?
March 9, 2010 6:27 PM Subscribe
How can I remove old screws when the heads keep getting stripped?
posted by Knowyournuts to home & garden (15 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I want to replace the hinges on my kitchen cabinets, but the screws have been there for at least 40 years, and my screwdrivers are going to strip the heads. The metal is quite soft and strips within just a couple of turns of the screwdriver. (Looks like brass?) Do I need to clean the hinge area to make sure there is no dirt buildup that is acting like cement? I actually got a couple of the looser screws out without stripping the heads, so it is possible. What can I do about the couple I have already stripped?