ask this old house general contractor tom silva shares some tricks of the trade for backing out stripped screws. ever try tightening a screw and it just keeps turning and doesnt grab? This is the fix. This applies to holes drilled in wood and isnt meant for sheetrockwalls. for 12 or larger screws where the stripped screw head rests flush with the wood (and you dont want to risk damage to your project), turn to a screw extractor for help. Deep hole in the center of the screw head to accept the largest screw extractor that will fit the screw head. 5 ways to remove a stripped screw weve all been there clumsily fumbling with a screwdriver trying to remove a screw only to notice that its been stripped, either by your hands in haste or left behind by a previously frustrated repairer. If youre experienced with welding and have the necessary equipment on handand you really want to remove that pesky stripped screwheres a last-ditch effort you can make. Weve all had the problem of a screw getting pulled right out of a hole and stripping out the wood that should be holding it. Maybe the kids swung on a gate and pulled the hinge screws out or a cupboard door was swung too wide and the screws pulled right out. how to remove stripped screws techniques that work with wood, metal & plastic july 31, 2019 june 4, 2020 - by handymans world editorial team - 1 comment handymans world is a participant in the amazon services llc associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising.