How to Remove a Stripped Screw Using a Rubber Band

It’s happened to all of us at some time: You try to remove a Phillip’s head screw from an object only to discover that the head has been stripped and your screwdriver is useless. You may even try using a larger head to see if that will grab hold, but to no avail. And, if you’re like us, you sometimes end up wrecking the entire object, tossing it out, or dealing with its wonky state simply because of that one, irritating screw.

But now there’s hope, because we’ve got a video that shows how to remove a stripped screw using only a rubber band. Yes, that’s right, a rubber band. (We seriously would have thought this was a trick if we didn’t see it work for ourselves.)

This is probably one of the move useful life hacks we’ve seen in a long time. It comes from our buddy Daniel Ehlers, who has produced a ton of great videos that we’ve posted on FTK. His video has set this up in an ideal condition, mostly for filming, but it does work. If you find your screw is sticking in the object, try putting some WD-40 in to loosen things up, wait a bit, try off the top so the screw head isn’t slipper, then try the trick shown here. You’ll be amazing.

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