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26 August 2014

Household Hint: Rubber Band

Today's tip isn't "tasty" in the sense of food, but it's still a handy one to have in your knowledge bank.

Ever encountered a stripped screw that seems impossible to remove?  If so, try getting a better grip on the screw by placing a wide rubber band flat between the screw and the screwdriver, then apply firm, but slow force while attempting to turn the screw.  If you're lucky, the rubber band will fill the gaps, give you extra grip, and allow removal of the screw!

A couple of things to keep in mind with this tip:
  • Always use a screwdriver, don't attempt this with a drill - you'll just end up stripping the screw even more.
  • This works best on screws that are only lightly stripped; if the screw head has really been ground down, you'll most likely have to move on to more extreme measures.

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