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Stripped screws in deck boards

lumbermonkey's picture

I'm trying to save some old redwood deck boards and all the screws are stripped out. I tried drilling the heads off, that didn't work. I wasn't about to "easy-out" them all. What I ended up doing is drilling holes large enough for the screw heads, just adjacent to the screw. It works.

Reclaimed boards will have holes in them but I'm not using them for anything fancy. I could just plug the holes too.

Here's a video of the quick-n-easy process:

They actually make a drill (post #210106, reply #1 of 3)

They actually make a drill bit just for cutting around screws like yours. Almost like a plug cutter.

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Usually when all the screws (post #210106, reply #2 of 3)

Usually when all the screws are stripping it's due to one of two problems:

  1. The screw heads are filled with paint/stain.  A utility knife is a good tool for digging the crud out of the heads.
  2. Your Phillips bit is shot.  Some brands of bits last for years, others go bad in 2-3 screws.  Deck screws especiall\y need good bits.

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If the screws aren't (post #210106, reply #3 of 3)

If the screws aren't stainless steel, you could use a small broken-bolt remover kit; I've used them on several occasions when the head of a screw got buggered beyond saving. But it would be a lot of work if you have many to do, and you'll go through a number of drill bits in theprocess.



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