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I am replacing the horizontal deck boards on my 12x12 deck. I have square drive screws in there now however, when I went to remove them either the screw head stripped or the screw broke off. I plan to use the hex head screws if I can ever get the old broken screws out without tearing up the joists. Got any suggestions on how to remove the broken screws or stripped head screws? I can use an easy out for the stripped heads hopefully, but the broken ones I don't know how to easily remove. I saw a tool that Rockler sells (screw extractor http://www.rockler.com/screw-extractor ) but this tubular hole saw would hit the joist and not be very useful. Thanks for any info.
 

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what ever you do,
1.don't buy that screw remover thingy.
2. Don't use a ripper to cut the screws, you will wreck the blade in seconds


step 1. get the deck boards off,
step 2. drive or hammer the screw in, use a big nail bar and pull them out, grind them off, or hammer them sideways, to break the screws flush.

(The grinder is my method.)

this would be a good place to check out for basic questions like this.

http://www.diychatroom.com/




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Well I get a drill and a bit ready.

Then go to home depo and talk to the little Spanish girl in the plywood section.

She wont know anything really but she is cute as can be and I love the way she talks.

J.
 

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