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Stripped screws are a nightmare to any repair enthusiast. Try as you might, some screws just do not want to come out. Frustration takes over and before you know it, that once "+" shape has turned into a "O". Never fear; we've got your back. This guide will walk you through how to use a rotary tool to remove a stripped screw by cutting a small slit in the screw head, allowing you to remove the screw with a flathead screwdriver. Always wear safety goggles when using a rotary tool to prevent injury from debris or sparks.

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  1. Your screw is stripped, and your screwdriver is no longer sufficient. Before busting out the heavy hitters, try the following:
    • Your screw is stripped, and your screwdriver is no longer sufficient. Before busting out the heavy hitters, try the following:

      • Use different screwdrivers. First try slightly smaller or larger head sizes, then a flat head screwdriver, to see if you can get it to catch on some part of the stripped screw.

        • If the bit doesn't catch the screw instantly, do not continue. Otherwise, you run the risk of further stripping the screw.

      • See if you can grip the head of the screw using a small pair of pliers.

    • If either of these techniques are fruitful, congrats! Your screw is free.

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  2. If you were unable to remove the screw with screwdrivers and pliers, a rotary tool should do the trick.
    • If you were unable to remove the screw with screwdrivers and pliers, a rotary tool should do the trick.

    • Attach a thin metal disk bit to your rotary tool and make sure it is on tightly.

    • Make sure you wear protective goggles anytime you use a rotary tool to prevent injuries from flying debris and sparks.

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    • In this step, you will use the rotary tool to make a thin cut in the stripped screw that enables you to use a flathead screwdriver to remove the screw.

    • We recommend using a low power setting (we used 2 out of 6) to prevent damaging the rest of the device or the screw.

    • You want the cut to be deep enough that you can fit a flathead screwdriver into it, but thin enough that the screwdriver has something to grip.

    • Make a single thin cut into the head of the stripped screw.

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    • Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the screw from the device.

      • The size of the driver will depend on the size of the screw, but use the largest size that will fit in your cut.

    • If you cannot fit a screwdriver into the cut, use the rotary tool to make the cut larger. Make only small cuts; if you cut off too much of the screw, a screwdriver will not catch and you will not be able to twist the screw.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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