Damaged Screw heads


Postby nigelm8431 » Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:14 pm

I need to stop a leaking tap on the mixer taps in the bath but have found the screw in the tap head is damaged so that I can't get the screwdriver to grip. I therefore cannot undo this screw.
Can anyone please help with a solution. Thanks.
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Postby wimiu012uk » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:25 am

Can you use a junior hacksaw and saw a straight line to get a screwdriver to fit ?
You could purchase an easyout tool which uses a left hand thread to grip the offending screw to remove same, this also involves drilling a small pilot hole in the screw.
Also could you saw off the head of the screw thus removing the tap and leaving an exposed portion of the thread which you could then grip with a pair of mole grips.
If all else fails bite the bullit and purchase a new mixer tap.
Hope this helps.
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Postby nigelm8431 » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:17 pm

Hi wimiu012uk and thank you for your response which has been very interesting.
I shall purchase the easyout tool you mention as this seems the only solution and if that fails I shall follow your final recommendation and buy a new mixer tap !!
Thanks for your advice, Nigelm8431
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