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How to Remove a Broken Screw Without an Extractor? (Quick Facts)

How to remove a broken screw without an extractor

Have you ever been in a situation where you need to remove a screw, but it is broken? You cannot find the screw extractor to add a cherry to the cake. It is a very common phenomenon that many of us face, and we all can relate that this situation is really irritating.

Moreover, it is more than possible that you do not own screw extractors and that’s absolutely fine because you definitely can remove a stripped or broken screw without any extractor.

Today our guide will discuss every possible way that will help you get rid of a broken screw without an extractor.

Required Home Tools To Remove A Broken Screw

Even though you don’t have an extractor in hand, you will still require some essential tools that are readily available in everyone’s home.

  • Wide Rubber band – The rubber band can provide grips that will help to remove or free the screw.
  • Hammer – You may need more space around the screw, and to add extra depth hammer will come in handy.
  • Clamp Locking Pliers – The rubber band itself cannot always remove the screw, and you will need clamp locking pliers to finish the work.
  • Multi-Head Screwdriver set – Multi-head screwdriver set with either an Allen or Torx head can provide you with the necessary grip to quickly remove a broken screw.

Ways to Remove a Tiny broken screw

The most complicated broken screw removal is the removal of smaller screws; they are very irritating and tough to remove than the regular screws. Below, we will see the steps you need to follow to remove small screws with broken head.

It’s more challenging to use regular sized household tools on tiny broken screws. Hence it is essential to have the perfect sized tools.

Step 1: Grip Pliers

Begin by grasping the shaft with locking grip pliers and spinning it sideways. Following this process you can make the screw loose by moving back and forth.

Grip Pliers

Step 2: Penetrating Oil

Sometimes, you may not be able to lose the screw with the help of the locking grip pliers. If this happens, Get some penetrating oil and pour it to the screw shaft. As the oil slowly seeps in, the grip of the stripped screw begins to get loosen up. After the screw becomes loose due to penetration of oil, then just pull the screw by the locking grip pliers.

Penetrating Oil

Step 3: Using a butane Torch

Apply heat on screw with a butane torch flame. You can also heat the screw with a metal rod that is pre heated. The goal is to heat up the screw without damaging the surrounding surroundings. Allow for some cooling time before touching the screw with your finger. Then, using vise grip pliers, remove the tiny stripped screw.

butane Torch

Butane Torch

Step 4: Increase the hole

If none of the above steps work, then you have to make a giant hole into the head of the broken screw. You can use a drill bit to make the hole. Keep drilling until there are only tiny parts of the screw remaining.

Due to the broken screw hole, the majority of your broken screw is now removed; simply just remove the less using any sharp-pointed tool.

Ways to Remove a Broken Screw Without An Extractor

Let us see the steps that you can follow to remove a broken screw without an extractor

Use of Rubber band

When a screw is severely damaged, no tools will be able to remove it. You’re left with no choice except to use a rubber band. Because the rubber band’s surface is sticky, it helps to keep the screwdriver in place.

Any rubber band, including the inner tube of a vehicle or bicycle tire, will suffice as long as it ensures optimum friction between both the screwdriver and the damaged screw.

Lay a rubber band in between your damaged or rusted screw and the screwdriver and secure it. After this you will need to spin the screw with a solid yet gradual effort. At this point, the rubber band will cover the gap left by the screw, and, ultimately, the broken screw will be removed.

However, If the screw head is really not broken, fill the partially damaged regions with the rubber strip. It will assist you in removing the screw effectively.

Clamp Locking Pliers

Maybe the rubber band approach worked, but only to a degree, and you still can’t get the screw out fully. That’s when a locking clamp-style long nose plier may save the day, stepping in to turn by turn extricate stripped screws.

Multi-Head Screwdriver Set

Change to a shorter screwdriver with a larger head; altering screw head types, such as Phillips or a cross-head attachment, may also be beneficial.

If you have a screwdriver set that contains a Torx or an Allen, you may be able to eliminate the stripped screw using these shapes. Keep in mind that you must move slowly in order to maintain a large amount of downward pressure and avoid a worsening scenario.

Extra Tip

Sometimes, the screwdriver grip may move or wobble on the broken screw head while using the screwdriver method. You will need a hammer to secure the screwdriver grip.

You will need a hammer to tap the flat head screwdriver into fixed place. Then double-check that it is fixed in place and secure in the screw head. If the fastener is composed of soft metal, it will provide you with additional grip that will you need to twist it.

You can also wrap the stripped screw with either a rubber band or any type of duct tape to get more fixed grip.  


Ultimately, if none of those, as mentioned earlier, methods work. You will need to chisel the screw head and give depth to the stripped regions to compensate for the tension lost during the strip.

Keep in mind that this step should be the last step to get out a broken screw, and before trying this, make sure to try all other steps that we discussed above.

While hammering, do so with care and force. You run the danger of entirely losing the screw if you pound too hard.

Use of Heavy Duty tool to remove a broken screw

If you have access to an impact driver, you can use that to remove a broken screw very easily. However, make sure it’s a good bit. Place it and tighten it when you’ve gathered all of the necessary items. Then clean the head of dust and debris, and double-check that the bit is pointing in the right direction.

Insert the impact driver into the damaged screw head tightly. Strike the hold end of the damaged screw with a hammer a couple of times. The bit should be firmly embedded in the screw head, and you should be able to release the screw by twisting the impact driver head.


Extracting a broken screw without an extractor can be pain-stacking work. But, if you got your hands on a few standard home tools, then the process is comparatively easy.

So, today we put up this guide to help you quickly remove any broken screw, whether it is big or small. Just make sure to read all these steps correctly before practically implementing them.

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