How do I get this screw out

Discussion in 'Getting Started FAQ' started by Ayrton5, Jan 14, 2023.

  1. Ayrton5

    Ayrton5 New Member

    If I break the tiles she'll kill me. This is what's left of a screw that held a shower rail to the wall. I only need a new screw, not a new rail, the rest of the kit is fine. Where the rail fits into the wall fixing wants a bit of clear silicon next time, is all.

    But how do I get a rusty screw out?

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  2. terrymac

    terrymac Screwfix Select

    Mole grips clamped onto the screw ,close to the wall,and turn it out. A drop of oil into the wall ,if you can ,would help. Leave it to soak for a while before using the grips.
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  3. Truckcab79

    Truckcab79 Screwfix Select

    As above. Doesn’t look like theres much in the wall anyway. Alternative would be to lever it up with a claw hammer and block of wood and pull it out plug and all. More destructive to the wall though.
  4. DIYDave.

    DIYDave. Screwfix Select

    Tighten the screw into a drill chuck whilst fully supporting the drill, then drill on reverse, wind screw out

    A battery combi-drill is ideal for this application
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  5. FlyByNight

    FlyByNight Screwfix Select

    After the screw is out, drill out the plug.

    ANd use a STAINLESS screw next time
  6. stevie22

    stevie22 Screwfix Select

    Mole grip for me: you want one with parallel jaws so you get a really good grip. Make sure you've got a good grip and try a to and fro motion first rather than just try to wind it out
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  7. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    WD40 and mole will have more feel and control with this method.
  8. Ayrton5

    Ayrton5 New Member

    Thank you gentlemen, it's out

    There was a LOT left in the wall, it was a 100mm screw, and you could see about half of it there.

    I had already tried mole grips, but the screw was that rusty the thread was giving way under their grip. A bit of WD40 and some gentle tapping though and the grips have done it.

    As for the screw, that's what came in the kit. It's had a hard life though, where water was getting in it probably stayed there. What's the spec I need for a replacement? One of those yellow zinc treated jobs?
  9. rogerk101

    rogerk101 Screwfix Select

    Stainless steel
  10. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    Stainless steel 304

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