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How to remove stripped phillips head screw from strap button?

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Digiplay, Nov 13, 2020.

  1. Weazel

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    Seven pages.

    Really?
     
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  2. kbold

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    I had the same thought, but using super glue. A few seconds to set then unscrew the button.
    Edit: didn't read "problem solved". (Me being lazy.)
     
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  3. beninma

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    Nope, it's not too late to just take it to someone who does this for a living who will just get it done and you'll never have to worry about it again.
     
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  4. Digiplay

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    I'll see how it goes first with the Irwin tools that are being delivered today, and after that, if neccesary, I'll make some calls.
     
  5. Digiplay

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    I've found one locally.

    As it's hard to judge size by a photo, what's the diameter of its head?
     
  6. Marblatx

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    Use a left handed drill bit. Often it will bite when you've drilled into it a ways and back the screw/bolt right out. The extractors at only $15 are probably a better option though.
     
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    Wrap the button with a wet cloth.
     
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  8. Digiplay

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    The more I research it Marblatx, it seems like an extractor IS a left handed drill bit!
     
  9. EsquireOK

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    Read the specifications.

    Again, I really don’t think you should try this. Just drill a hole right next to the one that’s already there.
     
  10. Digiplay

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    [QUOTE="EsquireOK, post: 10240031, member: 73381"

    I’m telling you, the best option, as you, is to simply leave the screw where it sits, and drill a new hole immediately adjacent to it. One tool required. Almost nothing that can be screwed up. The least affect on the originality and resale value of the guitar. All you have to do is make the right decision to realize your limitations, recognize good advice, and actually follow it.[/QUOTE]

    I like the last sentence the best, but I'm having trouble with the limitations part :)


    IMHO, this isn't Rocket Science, and the main reason I'm where I'm at EsquireOK is because of my trusting the "expert" at the Lowe's Tool Department.


    That being said, I DO recognize good advice, and if the drilling a new adjacent hole method will still cover/match the existing indented area that's there, then why not try it? :) :) :)
     
  11. EsquireOK

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    Think it through. You need to place the hole in a place so that the strap button covers the embedded screw.

    So, before you drill anything, cover the existing screw with the strap button, and mark your hole.

    Take the button off, and see where the mark sits. Is it so close to the embedded screw that you won't be able to thread in a new screw? If so, cheat it over a little bit. Use some strap button felt washers to provide a little extra coverage.

    Once you have the distance from the embedded screw set, then center your mark between the top and back of the body. Then you can start drilling.
     
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  12. Digiplay

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    No, eight pages.

    Really! :)
     
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    This should be a stickie.
     
  14. Digiplay

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    Working on it again now EsquireOK :)


    I want to try (carefully), one more time, the screw extraction method.


    As I had already ordered the Dremel 7123, I received it today, so I decided to use it, and the exposed screw is now flat, so:

    The end of the First Quarter Score:
    Jerry 1
    Screw 0


    You mentioned that I would need a pilot hole, and to drill it probably 1/8" depth minimum, but 1/4" would be even better.

    So:
    1) What size cobalt/misc. drill bit?
    2) How long should it take (at a slow drill speed I presume) to achieve that depth?


    I ask about the time because, I know, PATIENCE JERRY :)


    Thanks,
    Jerry
     
  15. Owenmoney

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    yes. drill the head off ,the use vise grips to turn the rest of the screw out. that was the best advice I saw nd what I would have done.
     
  16. Owenmoney

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    its up to 8 pages now and answer number 4 would have worked easily.
     
  17. Digiplay

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    Would have, but read Post #120 :)
     
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    Note to self :Buy the scotch in square bottle so it doesn't roll off the porch.
     
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    If you’re going to try and drill out the old screw (which I wouldn’t recommend) if you use cutting compound, you can keep the temperature down, and make drilling a lot easier at the cost of the bit.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cutting_compound

    I’ve used this for fitting and threading pipe in the past. And makes hard work easy.
     
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